Story by Phillip Petty III, Photos by Wyatt Vaughn.
Mentored by Nick Boulet
Before the Saints dominated the Eagles in a 48-7 win Sunday in the Superdome, the quarterback matchup between Drew Brees vs. Carson Wentz was anticipated to be a red hot offensive show. This was the first time Wentz and Brees matched up against each other. The third year Wentz came into the game with 15 touchdowns, three interceptions, 2,148 yards passing, and a QB passing rating of 108.5 for the season. The veteran Brees had 21 touchdowns, only one interception, 2,601 passing yards and a QB passing rating of 123.8. Wentz, after tearing his ACL a year ago, wanted to prove that he is still on the same level he was before he was injured. But today was be a tough task against Drew Brees and the Saints defense. These two quarterbacks have each won a Super Bowl.
Even though Brees is 39 years old, he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, breaking record after record putting him squarely in the Most Valuable Player conversation. This season, Brees became the all-time passing leader, passing Peyton Manning and is on pace to break Peyton Manning’s all-time passing touchdown record.
At the end of the game Brees obviously showed that he clearly won the quarterback matchup today. Brees finally took a break with 5 minutes left in the game, with Coach calling on backup QB Teddy Bridgewater to chew up the clock in the fourth quarter, after Brees completed 22/30 for 363 passing yards and passed for four touchdowns. Brees also took advantage of all the injuries on the Eagles’ defense. Wentz had a rough day against the Saints, completing 19/33 for 156 yards and three interceptions. Despite Sunday’s poor performance, Wentz looks to rebound next week as the 4-6 Eagles take on the 3-7 Giants. As the Saints improve to 9-1 they look forward to a divisional matchup when they play at home on Thanksgiving night against the 4-6 Atlanta Falcons.