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Comparing Drew Brees and Tom Brady Using Statistics and the QBS System

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:10 PM
Comparing the NFL careers of Drew Brees and Tom Brady using regular season statistics, postseason statistics, milestone statistics and QBS statistics.

While Brady has done a better job of protecting the football, Brees has been more productive, more accurate and more efficient. In postseason play, Brady's passer rating drops from 95.7 to 87.5 (-8.2) as Brees' spikes from 95.3 to 100.7 (+5.4). In 2013, Brees' 32.0 QBS ranked second in the NFL. Brady's 5.0 QBS was the lowest of his pro career. Both historically and presently, the QBS system rates Brees as the superior quarterback—in many cases, by a considerable margin.


  • Brees (regular season): 4,481 of 6,799 (65.9) for 51,081 yards, 363 touchdowns and 177 interceptions. 95.3 passer rating.
  • Brady (regular season): 4,178 of 6,586 (63.4) for 49,149 yards, 359 touchdowns and 134 interceptions. 95.7 passer rating.

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (postseason): 306 of 464 (66.0) for 3,539 yards, 24 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. 100.7 passer rating.
  • Brady (postseason): 590 of 950 (62.1) for 6,424 yards, 43 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. 87.5 passer rating.

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (4,000-yard passing seasons): 8
  • Brady (4,000-yard passing seasons): 6

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (30+ touchdown pass seasons): 6
  • Brady (30+ touchdown pass seasons): 4

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (Seasons Top-3 in passing yards): 7
  • Brady (Seasons Top-3 in passing yards): 3

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (Seasons Top-3 in touchdown passes): 7
  • Brady (Seasons Top-3 in touchdown passes): 4

Advanatage: Brees

  • Brees (Seasons Top-3 in completion percentage): 5
  • Brady (Seasons Top-3 in completion percentage): 1

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (career QBS): 250.5
  • Brady (career QBS): 227.0

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (QBA): 20.88
  • Brady (QBA): 18.92

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (QBP): 32.9
  • Brady (QBP): 30.0

Advantage: Brees

  • Brees (28.0+ QBS seasons): 5
  • Brady (28.0+ QBS seasons): 3

Advantage: Brees

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