I was amazed how easy it is to shut down Brees if you bottle up his HB throws underneath.
Seattle neutralized Sproles and voila, Brees has under 200 yards for the first time in like 3-4 seasons.
This is why I think Brees is the most overrated QB in the NFL. Almost 2/3's of his competions this season have gone to a running back or TE(Over 100 just to RB's this season). Its not really all that difficult to throw a swing pass or a 10 yard curl to a TE and let them get YAC to inflate his passing stats. You can put the weakest arm likely in NFL history(Chad Pennington) back there and he could do roughly the same things that Brees has been doing. When all you do is throw screens and swing passes there is no real reading of the defense required, and when he does throw downfield to colsten or another WR, he typically struggles.