- Drew Brees
- New Orleans Saints
- Saints 35, Buccaneers 28
- 27-for-37, 377 YD, 4 TD, 1 INT
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- Aaron Rodgers
- Green Bay Packers
- Packers 30, Rams 20
- 30-for-37, 342 YD, 3 TD, 0 INT
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The Pregame Pressure
Drew Brees had an enormous amount of pressure on his shoulders heading into the New Orleans Saints' matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints were coming off a big win over the San Diego Chargers, but still had a long way to go to overcome the four-game losing streak that began their season. They could ill-afford to lose this game, especially considering their next three opponents: the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. Adding to Brees' load: the Saints rely on their offense to compensate for the porous play of their 32nd-ranked defense.
Aaron Rodgers was facing a great deal of pressure heading into Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. The Green Bay Packers needed a win to stay within striking distance of the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Green Bay had a near flawless performance in a Week 6 victory over the Houston Texans, and there was some concern that there could be a letdown against the Rams. The defensive talent in St. Louis is highly underrated; St. Louis had given up just one touchdown in its two previous home games.
The In-Game Performance
Brees played exceptionally well in the Saints' 35-28 win over the Buccaneers, completing 73 percent of his throws for 377 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He connected with eight different receivers and didn't take a single sack. Brees also kept the offense focused despite trailing 14-0 and 21-7 during the first half. His first two drives ended in an interception and a punt, but he led the Saints to touchdowns on five of their next six possessions.
Rodgers delivered his second straight magnificent performance in the Packers' 30-20 win over the Rams, completing 81.1 percent of his throws for 342 yards and three touchdowns. He was sacked three times but didn't have any turnovers. He also completed passes to seven different receivers and overcame a Packers running game that produced just 70 yards. He led the Packers on three 80-yard touchdown drives and helped Green Bay convert on nine of 15 third-down opportunities.
The Post-Game Pick
Both of these quarterbacks were instrumental in key road wins for their teams. However, in my opinion, Aaron Rodgers had the more impressive performance. He completed more than 80 percent of his throws, avoided turning the ball over and knocked off a team that had been 3-0 at home. The Packers are now right back in the playoff mix, and their All-Pro quarterback is largely responsible. -- Daniel Jeremiah