Saints/Patriots matchup features QB royalty
- Updated: October 10, 2013
On Sunday afternoon the New Orleans Saints are set to trek northeast to Foxborough to battle the New England Patriots in a matchup featurning two of the NFL’s elite franchises headlined by their two respective elite quarterbacks. Drew Brees of New Orleans and Tom Brady of New England are both undoubtedly two of the true standard-bearers of the QB position today, but each employs his own respective style in attaining his lofty success. Brees is far less gifted physically than Brady, possessing a height hovering in the vicinity of around 6’0″; conversely, Brady possesses prototypical NFL stature with a height of 6’4″ much more conducive to success at the position in the league. But Brees more than compensates for his physical deficiencies with his other remarkable attributes; he possesses an unrivaled cognizance of his surroundings in the pocket, a tremendous ability to evade the pass rush and to pinpoint the proper throwing lanes. On the other hand, Brady possesses a tremendous level of composure in the pocket and utilizes his physical attributes to full capability.
While Brees and Brady undoubtedly employ two extremely differing styles of play, their results are very similar and matched by very few in the league. Behind the guide of these two franchise quarterbacks, both the Saints and the Patriots can legitimately feel capable of contending for playoff berths and Super Bowls on an annual basis. Brees can be viewed as a savior in New Orleans, the undisputed face of the Saints franchise who individually can be attributed to some degree for revitalizing both the city as well as the team in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina eight years ago. Similarly, Tom Brady has greatly helped to elevate New England to an annual power which has consistently competed for championships of the highest order since taking over as starter twelve years ago.
Sunday’s showdown between the Saints and Patriots in Foxborough is one to tune in to. It promises to feature two quarterbacks who have played the position as well as it could be played on numerous prior occasions. For those who appreciate varying styles of play from quarterbacks, this weekend’s matchup inevitably will appease them. It features one signal-caller who effectively makes up for his physical limitations opposing another who utilizes his talent just as effectively.
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