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that he's preoccupied by his impending career yards milestone."For me , this isn't a time for reflection," Brees said when asked about the likelihood of surpassing Peyton Manning's all-time mark of 71,940 yards on Monday night, when New Orleans hosts Washington."For me, it's focusing on the game, focusing on what to do to win the game, doing my job, being the best decision-maker that I can be, putting us in the best position to succeed and put us in a position to win the game," added Brees, who needs 201 yards passing to break the record."When my career is all said and done, I'll have a chance to really reflect and really reach out and thank those who have had such a strong impact on my career and my life as a result."His recent form suggests that day could be further off than conventional wisdom would indicate, and that he'll wind up shattering numerous NFL records before his career is done.Unlike when Manning and Favre surpassed the 71,000-yard mark, it's tough to estimate how much longer Brees might play.Manning was struggling with the fallout from a neck injury late in his career, and although he was good enough to win a Super Bowl with Denver, his decline was evident and his retirement predictable after the 2015 season, when he played in just 10 games and passed for a career-low 2 Thomas Morstead Jersey ,249 yards.Favre didn't even wait until the end of the 2010 season to announce that he was unwilling to subject himself to the punishment of another season.Although Brees is 39 and in his 18th NFL season, his production indicates he has a lot more left than the one season remaining on his contract.He's averaging 323.8 yards per game, which ranks firmly in the top 10 in the NFL. His completion rate of 75.8 percent leads the NFL, and, if sustained for the entire season, would break the record of 72 percent Brees set just last season.Brees had a major injury, too 鈥?a seemingly career-threatening throwing shoulder injury. But that was at the end of the 2005 season, and Brees has only gotten better since then. The Saints have invested heavily in the offensive line that protects their star QB, and Brees' combination of spatial awareness, decent mobility and a knack for getting rid of the ball quickly has helped him minimize exposure to crushing hits.Earlier this season, Brees surpassed Favre as the NFL's all-time completion leader 鈥?now 6,344 and counting.When it comes to how much longer Brees might sustain his elite play, veteran tight end Ben Watson 鈥?who also played with New England's Tom Brady 鈥?expressed the cautious optimism of someone who's seen his share of pleasant surprises and unanticipated disappointments."You never know. You take advantage of every day. You don't know if an injury creeps up. You don't know what's going to happen," Watson said. "But looking at him now, I would say obviously from a skillset and energy standpoint, from an accuracy standpoint, from a mental capacity, he's as much Cheap Michael Thomas Jersey , from the outside looking in, in his prime as he ever was."Redskins coach Jay Gruden watched Brees lead a stunning, multi-touchdown comeback against Washington in the last half of the fourth quarter last season, and has his defense bracing for the same type of clutch quarterback play in Monday night's rematch."He has not changed one bit," Gruden said. "He is very good in the pocket, he can move in the pocket."He has great anticipation, unbelievable accuracy," Gruden continued. "We can cover guys all across the board, but he'll find the window. He'll throw it back shoulder. ... He'll move around to give the receiver or tight end or the back just the time that they need to get open."Brees was 34 when Saints left tackle Terron Armstead was a rookie. It would have been reasonable for Armstead to assume he'd play with more than one quarterback during his career, but now that's harder for him to say.Armstead he was sitting with Brees in the cafeteria at team headquarters during offseason training when he decided to ask Brees how much longer the quarterback thought he had left."He told me as long as he can, and that was it," Armstead recalled. "I thought he was going to get into details, maybe give me a timeframe. But it was just: As long as he possibly can."Armstead asserted that "it wouldn't be crazy," to envision Brees playing five more years, particularly in light of all the times Brees has defied his doubters since he was lightly recruited out of high school as an undersized quarterback and wound up leading Purdue to the Rose Bowl."He's a 6-foot quarterback. Everything's been stacked against him anyway," Armstead said. "He's not tall enough to play the position, and then he's about to own all the records. You can't put a cap on someone like that." TAMPA BAY (5-8) at BALTIMORE (7-6)Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT Tyeler Davison Jersey , FoxOPENING LINE - Ravens by 8RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 5-7-1, Baltimore 7-6SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 3-2LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Buccaneers 48-17, Oct. 12, 2014LAST WEEK - Buccaneers lost to Saints 28-14; Ravens lost to Chiefs 27-24, OTAP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 20, Ravens No. 12BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (27), PASS (1).BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (20), PASS (27).RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (4), PASS (18).RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (4), PASS (3).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Buccaneers won first two games in series, have lost last three. ... In last meeting between teams, QB Joe Flacco threw five TD passes in span of 16:03. This time, he's returning from hip injury as backup to Lamar Jackson. ... Baltimore defensive line coach Joe Cullen held same role in Tampa Bay in 2014-15. ... Bucs C Ryan Jensen played for Ravens 2013-17. ... Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mark Duffner was Maryland head coach from 1992-96. ... Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston has thrown at least two TD passes in each of last four games. Franchise record is six games with two or more. ... Bucs WR Mike Evans has 1 Cheap Marcus Williams Jersey ,207 yards receiving, needs 31 vs. Ravens to set team record for most yards receiving through 14 games. ... Tampa Bay has 25 sacks over last eight weeks, second most in NFL behind Saints. ... Bucs have eight takeaways over last three games, but with 31 turnovers for season own minus-17 differential. ... Peyton Barber leads Bucs with 677 yards rushing, but 27th-ranked ground attack averages fewer than 100 yards per game. ... Tampa Bay has 4,308 yards through air, third most in NFL history through 13 games. ... Jackson has 336 yards rushing for Ravens over last four games, most by NFL quarterback in his first four starts during Super Bowl era. ... Baltimore allowing NFL-low 18.5 points per game. ... Ravens have 115 first downs rushing, most in NFL. ... Baltimore's 914 yards rushing over last four games most in NFL during that span. ... Ravens own minus-6 turnover differential. Since 2000, they're 30-85 with negative turnover differential. ... Baltimore 16-8 at home in December and 36-16 overall in that month under coach John Harbaugh, who took over in 2008. ... Willie Snead leads Ravens with 56 catches, followed by Michael Crabtree (51). John Brown tops Ravens WRs with five TDs. ... Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs needs one sack to tie John Abraham for 12th place on NFL career list with 133 1/2. ... Ravens P Sam Koch has 24 kicks inside 20. He has played in team-record 205 consecutive games. ... Ravens 2-0 this season with defensive TD, 44-7 since 2000. ... Fantasy tip: Go with Jackson, who can register points on ground and through air against defense that can't effectively stop either.
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