When Drew Brees takes the field against the Redskins on Monday Night, he has the opportunity to break one NFL record and join one of most illustrious clubs in the process.

Brees is just 200 passing yards away from breaking Peyton Manning's all-time career passing yards record, a feat he will most likely accomplish against Washington.

He has thrown for over 200 yards in every game this season and did so in all but two games a season ago. In one of those games, the Saints scored three touchdowns courtesy of their defense and special teams in a 52-38 victory over the Detroit Lions. In the other, Brees only attempted 25 passes, a season low, in a 47-10 blowout victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Prior to that, the last time Brees threw for less than 200 yards in a game was in 2013, a 34-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on the road in December. Seattle finished the season with the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL, and went on to win the Super Bowl that same season.

It's almost inevitable that Brees will pass Manning's passing yards mark on Monday against the Redskins, but Washington should be more concerned about Brees potentially writing his name in the NFL record books for a different statistic.

Brees is just four touchdown passes away from joining the illustrious 500 touchdown pass club, which has only been accomplished by three players: Manning and Brett Favre, and Tom Brady, the latter of whom accomplished the feat on Thursday night. 


Should Brees hit 500 career touchdown passes against the Redskins, that most likely means it was a tough night for the Washington defense. The last time he threw for four touchdown passes in a game was 2016, but did so four times that season, with the Saints winning three of those games. He has thrown four or more touchdowns in a game 31 different times in his career.

Washington currently ranks as the third-best defense in the league through the first quarter of the 2018 season; only the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens have allowed fewer yards per game on average.

Despite this, the Redskins will have their hands full facing the Saints on Monday night, as they try to contain an offense averaging 418.3 yards per game, good for fourth-best in the NFL.