Drew Brees' record against every NFL team

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November 9th, 2020

*This article has since been updated to reflect Drew Brees' record against each NFL team as of Jan. 17, 2021.

Across his 20-year career in the NFL, quarterback Drew Brees has earned a win against every franchise in the league, including his current team.

The all-time passing leader began his career with the San Diego Chargers, from 2001 to 2005, then moved to the New Orleans Saints, where he won his only Super Bowl.

After the 2020 season, Brees may finally hang up his cleats, but before then, his Saints are eyeing one more title run and look like a viable contender, with a 12-4 regular-season record.

On Sunday night, Brees defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second time this season, which brought his all-time record against his division foe to 20-10.

He also downed his former team, the Chargers, in a 30-27 decision in Week 5.

Now that the regular season has reached its conclusion, let’s look back at Brees' overall record (including the regular season and postseason) against every NFL franchise and break down a few fun facts related to some of his most noteworthy matchups.

Drew Brees vs. the Atlanta Falcons

Brees lost his first meeting with Atlanta in 2004, when the Chargers fell, 21-20, to Michael Vick's Falcons. Since he joined the Saints, Brees has gone 19-9 against Atlanta and 14-9 against quarterback Matt Ryan. 

The Saints QB has thrown for more than 7,000 yards and 43 touchdowns in the series.

He will meet the Falcons Nov. 22 at home and again in Atlanta on Dec. 6.

Drew Brees vs. the Baltimore Ravens

It took Brees until Oct. 21, 2018 to earn his first victory against Baltimore, in a 24-23 decision at M&T Bank Stadium. Before that game, Brees recorded a win against every NFL franchise, except for the Ravens.

Drew Brees vs. the Denver Broncos

For whatever reason, the Denver Broncos seem to have Brees' number. As a Charger, Brees went 2-5 against the division rival. With the Saints, Brees has never been able to top Denver (0-3).

Each of those three Saints losses against the Broncos came against a different quarterback — Jay Cutler (2008), Peyton Manning (2012), and Trevor Siemian (2016).

Drew Brees vs. the Green Bay Packers

Brees met legendary QB Brett Favre twice while Favre played with the Packers. In their first meeting, Brees lost, 38-21, with the Chargers. In their second matchup in 2006, Brees bested Favre, 34-27, in Brees' first season in New Orleans.

Aaron Rodgers and Brees have gone head to head five times. Rodgers owns a 3-2 lead in the series. Most recently, Rodgers defeated Brees, 37-30, in Week 3 of the 2020 season.

Drew Brees vs. the Indianapolis Colts

The most important win of Brees' career occurred against Indianapolis in 2010, when New Orleans defeated Manning and the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

Brees also earned Super Bowl MVP, after he completed 32 passes (then a Super Bowl record) for 288 yards and two scores.

The Saints' Super Bowl win also kick-started Brees' current four-win streak against Indianapolis. His most recent victory occurred in 2019. No regular-season meeting is scheduled with Indy in 2020.

Drew Brees vs. the Los Angeles Chargers

The only two teams Brees is undefeated against are the two teams he has played for.

In San Diego, Brees faced his future team, New Orleans, just once and annihilated the Saints, 43-17, in 2004.

From 2008-2020 with New Orleans, Brees scored victories all four times he faced the Chargers. Three of those came against his successor, Philip Rivers, while his most recent occurred against Justin Herbert in 2020.

Drew Brees vs. the Los Angeles Rams

One of Brees' most memorable games is one he would like to forget.

With less than two minutes left in the 2018 NFC Championship Game against L.A., the Saints — who were a hot pick to win the Super Bowl — were in position to milk the clock and kick a game-clinching field goal. They just needed to convert on third down from the Rams' 13-yard line. 

Brees sent a near-perfect pass to receiver Tommylee Lewis, who was knocked over by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman before Lewis had a chance to catch the ball. To most people watching, Robey-Coleman committed blatant pass interference, but the referees failed to make the call. 

The Saints kicked a field goal on the next play, and too much time was left for the Rams to tie the score and win it in overtime.

In New Orleans' rematch the following season — Brees' most recent meeting with the Rams — the Saints quarterback broke his thumb in the first quarter and missed the next five games of the season.

Needless to say, the Rams have brought Brees a lot of bad luck.

Drew Brees vs. the Minnesota Vikings

Brees' most recent playoff loss came in 2019, when the Saints fell to Minnesota, 26-20, in overtime of the NFC wild-card round.

The Vikes also knocked Brees out of the postseason at the end of the 2017 season, when Case Keenum led Minnesota to a win over New Orleans in the divisional round.

Overall, Brees is 1-2 against Minnesota in the playoffs. Two of those games went to overtime.

Drew Brees vs. the New York Giants

Eight NFL quarterbacks share the record for most touchdown passes in a game (seven). Brees was the last to hit the seven-touchdown mark, when he beat the Giants, 52-49, in 2015. At the time, that game was only the fourth in NFL history to top 100 combined points.

Drew Brees vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay is the only team Brees has defeated 20 times.

In Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season, Brees torched new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady in a 38-3 win, to bring his record against the Bucs to 20-10.

In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, Brady got payback. In what may be Brees' final game of his career, the Saints quarterback fell to Tampa Bay, 30-20. He is 5-3 all time against Brady.