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At age 39, Drew Brees isn’t slowing down

September 27, 2018

Age isn’t slowing down Drew Brees.

Brees became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, three touchdown passes and two rushing TDs without an interception in a game in New Orleans’ win at Atlanta. The 39-year-old Brees has completed 80.6 percent of his passes so far with eight TDs and no interceptions.

He broke Brett Favre’s career record for completions in the overtime victory against the Falcons and he’s 417 yards away from breaking Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 yards passing.

Tom Brady became the oldest player to win the NFL MVP award at age 40 last year. Brees is right there behind him.

Here’s a look inside more numbers going into Week 3:

MORE SAINTS: Wide receiver Michael Thomas is the first player in league history with at least 10 catches in each of the first three games. He has 38 already, most by a player through three games.

MORE SAINTS II: Running back Alvin Kamara had 15 catches, tying William Andrews and Rickey Young for the second-most by a running back in a game. Clark Gaines holds the record with 17 receptions for the Jets against the 49ers on Sept. 21, 1980.

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: There have been 33 roughing-the-passer penalties in three weeks, more than doubling the total of 16 at this point last season. Clay Matthews has been called for three after getting flagged only four times in his first nine seasons. The Steelers-Buccaneers game on Monday night was the first time each team had multiple roughing-the-passer calls.

PASSING PEYTON: Patrick Mahomes has 13 touchdown passes for undefeated Kansas City, surpassing Peyton Manning’s record for most TDs through three games.

SCORING MACHINE: The Chiefs are one of three teams in league history to score at least 38 points in each of their first three games of a season. The 2007 New England Patriots and 1967 Baltimore Colts are the others.

AGELESS ADRIAN: Adrian Peterson isn’t slowing down at 33 years old. He had 120 yards rushing and two TDs in Washington’s win over Green Bay and moved into seventh place on the career list with 102 TDs rushing.

BIG LEG: Justin Tucker kicked a pair of 52-yard field goals in Baltimore’s win over Denver. His six career games with multiple 50-yarders are the most.

ELUSIVE WIN: Oakland’s Jon Gruden and Arizona’s Steve Wilks are still seeking their first win as new head coaches.

DUAL THREAT: A week after catching 14 passes for 102 yards, Christian McCaffery had a career-best 184 yards rushing in Carolina’s win over Cincinnati. So much for the misconception that McCaffery can’t run between the tackles.

QUALITY COUNTS: The Dolphins ran just 39 offensive plays and had the ball only 21:29 yet still rallied to defeat the Raiders 28-20. Three big plays helped, including a 74-yard TD catch by Albert Wilson and a 52-yard TD pass by Wilson.

HUGE UNDERDOGS: The Bills, who were 17-point underdogs at Minnesota, became the second team that was an underdog of 14 or more points to win by at least two touchdowns when they beat the Vikings 27-6. The St. Louis Rams did it to Joe Montana’s Chiefs in 1994, 16-0.

FITZMAGIC: Ryan Fitzpatrick had 411 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa’s loss to Pittsburgh, becoming the first player in history to throw for at least 400 yards in three consecutive games.

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