<strong>July 13, 2005</strong>
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10. Is this the year Drew Brees belly flops?
No. Brees was too consistent far too long to believe he's another Scott Mitchell. He had 10 games without an interception and eight with two or more TD passes -- including one with five. Plus, he completed 31 of 42 for 319 yards in his first career playoff game. His surrounding cast remains the same, which means there's LaDainian Tomlinson to carry the ball and Antonio Gates to catch it. Brees was extraordinary last year, with a career-best 104.8 passer rating, 27 TDs and 7 interceptions. I don't expect him to repeat those numbers simply because the competition is better and the road tougher -- with San Diego making a franchise-high five trips into the Eastern time zone. But if the offensive line holds up under new assistant Carl Mauck, there's no reason to believe Brees won't drive this team into the playoffs again.
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