Drew Brees is among a handful of NFL quarterbacks who are aging gracefully and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The 38-year-old New Orleans Saints signal-caller threw for a career-high and league-leading 5,208 yards last season. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 37 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.
But the NFL's top-ranked offense (426 yards and 29.3 points per game) could only carry the Saints so far -- New Orleans finished just 7-9 in large part because of an atrocious defense that ranked No. 27 in the NFL, allowing 28.4 points and 375.4 yards per game.
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The Saints also had an inconsistent rushing attack that ranked No. 16 in the NFL at 108.9 yards per game, even though Mark Ingram had a solid year with 1,043 yards. They addressed the need by signing veteran Adrian Peterson to be the top backfield option.
New Orleans also understandably spent the bulk of its draft picks trying to plug the holes in its Swiss-cheese defense, and appeared to make progress in that regard by nabbing highly touted cornerback Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State in the first round.
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But the receiving corps took a huge blow when top wideout Brandin Cooks, who had 78 catches for a team-high 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns, left for New England in the off-season.
Will Brees still put up massive numbers in the absence of Cooks, perhaps bolstered by the addition of Peterson?
Betting outlet Bookmaker.eu is offering proposition bets on the quarterback's stats for the upcoming season.
And the Over-Under for yards is a monstrous 5,000 - a feat that's only been reached nine times in NFL history. One reason Brees is a favorite to hit it, however - he's reached 5,000 yards five times in his career.
Drew Brees total passing touchdowns during 2017-18 NFL regular season
Over 34.5 (-150)
Under 34.5 (+120)
Drew Brees total passing yards during 2017-18 NFL regular season
Over 5,000 (-125)
Under 5,000 (-105)
Pick: I will go with Over on touchdown passes because Brees has had 35 or more in four of the past six seasons, including 89 in a two-year span (2011-2012).
But I am going with Under for passing yards because the Saints should have a more balanced attack the departure of Cooks is a huge loss. The speedster has great hands and was a perfect complement to Brees because he could take short completions and turn them into big plays.
Cooks' successor at the moment appears to be free agent signee Ted Ginn Jr., who is noted for his ample speed but questionable hands. He had 54 catches for 752 yards and four touchdowns with the Panthers last season.
The Saints also lost LT Terron Armstead for four to six months with a torn labrum, leaving a huge hole on Brees' blind side.