Why Have the Top Quarterbacks in the NFL Been Struggling?

9/17/12 in NFL   |   Jnewman482   |   142 respect

It is clear that New England did not spend enough time preparing for Arizona, and obviously Brady is as guilty as anyone else on the team in that regard since he threw an interception and only one touchdown pass.

Furthermore, while Brady was able to throw for over 300 yards, he is an elite quarterback and should have found a way to help his team put up more than 18 points in Gillette Stadium against a mediocre team.

Meanwhile, Brandon Lloyd had eight receptions, but only for 60 yards. He is supposed to be the deep threat on this team, as Randy Moss was several years ago, but his longest catch was for just 12 yards.

The Patriots have fallen in love with the short passing game and need to find a way to complete big passing plays that will open up the field, not just for the short game, but also for Stevan Ridley.

When Brady can find Lloyd deep, perhaps he and New England will be able to get back on track offensively.

3. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)Sep 16, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) loses the ball during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Saints 35-27.  Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Ironically, it is the best quarterback in the world of fantasy football who is on the team that has begun the season with an 0-2 record. While he has posted four interceptions, Brees has 40 fantasy points so far according to ESPN.

But, of all the elite quarterbacks, it is the Saints QB who has been put in the most unfortunate situation. With coach Sean Payton unavailable and with a horrendous defense, New Orleans has struggled mightily.

On offense, the Saints have been able to score plenty of points. In two games, they have put up 59; however, the defense has given up 75.

Certainly, the running game hasn’t been stellar. Pierre Thomas has averaged 63.5 rushing yards a game and Mark Ingram has posted 34 yards to date, but that’s not the problem. If the Saints weren’t constantly trying to keep up with other teams’ offenses, then they might be able to run the ball more.

However, since Drew Brees has been forced to come from behind because the Saints defense has allowed so many touchdowns, it should not be surprising that his accuracy numbers have gone down. Opposing defenses know that Brees has to throw since New Orleans is trying to catch up—thus Brees’ completion percentage is at a putrid 54.5 percent so far.

The reason he has outperformed the other top quarterbacks in terms of fantasy point production is because he threw for 664 total yards in the first two games. However, unless the Saints defense improves rapidly, Brees' team might not have a record above .500 at the end of the season. 
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9/17/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I thought having Brady and Brees in a 2-quarterback fantasy league was going to make me a juggernaut...