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Brees: 'Mind-boggling' that all-time passing yards record is in reach

09 October 2018

He utilized Ingram, who made his 2018 debut after finishing a four-game suspension, and Tre'Quan Smith.

The 39-year-old also referenced a preseason game in Miami during his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers in 2001.

Brees, who finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards with three touchdowns (he's now just one shy of 500 for his 18-year career), showed how potent the Saints can be when they have their full complement of weapons. Brees will face a Washington team in Week 5 that ranks third in the National Football League with just 187 yards allowed through the air per game, and is coming off a Week 4 bye. Brees and Colston hooked up 705 times for 7907 yards and 72 touchdowns.

In the second quarter, Montae Nicholson's unnecessary roughness penalty for levelling Ingram on Ryan Kerrigan's third-down sack of Brees extended a drive that ended with Brees' short TD pass to tight end Josh Hill. Smith went 12-of-20 for 220 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the win.

The game was then halted and Brees was given the record-breaking ball. On the first play of the drive, Brees launched a pass toward the right sideline to the speedy Smith, who was wide open and easily sprinted away from Nicholson's tackle attempt en route to the end zone. Granted, it mostly has to do with the fact that their opponents have some potential records on the line in the contest and that both teams are leading their divisions entering Week 5, but the point is that the contest could still be a insane one that will see a lot of wild things happen.

Head coach Sean Payton says he'll prepare his team like it's any other week.

"Let's have it happen first", Brees said.

Saints: Enter their bye week before returning to action at Baltimore on October 21.

Brees: 'Mind-boggling' that all-time passing yards record is in reach