Saints Brees throws for 412 yards; approaches Marino’s record

By Marc A. Greenberg

Dan Marino, start getting nervous.

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, in throwing for 412 yards (and five touchdowns), during the Saints 42-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, has now throw for4,780 yards on the season, only 304 yards away from Marino’s single season record set in 1984 with two games to play.

Photo: Dennis Hubbard

“I’d definitely vote him MVP,” Saints guard Carl Nickssaid. “But I don’t think what I say goes and I’m definitely biased, but he’s not going to get it. This is the year of the quarterback, him, Rodgers, (Tom) Brady. He might break the yardage record and Rodgers might break the touchdowns record. What do you value more?”

Brees completed 32 of 40 passes to help the Saints (11-3) stay two games ahead of Atlanta in the NFC South.

“I’m aware that we’re close,” Brees said of Marino’s hallowed mark. “I just know if we keep doing what we’re doing all of that stuff will take care of itself.”

“I’m as comfortable now in this offense as I’ve ever been,” said Brees, who led the Saints to a Super Bowl win in 2009.