Brees has played three of the NFL's worst defenses so far - Redskins, Panthers, and Chiefs - with two of those matchups at home. Nonetheless, Brees has "just" 904 passing yards, 7 TDs vs. 5 INTs, and a 6.7 YPA. Not awful stats, certainly, but they're a far cry from the Brees we saw in 2011.
I spent a fair amount of time this week trying to figure out which version of Brees we'd see the rest of 2012 - the 2011 version, or the slightly inferior one we've seen so far. In doing so, a trend quickly emerged in Brees' career stats. In his "efficient" years, i.e. the years where Brees had a YPA of 8.0 or higher, the rest of Brees' stats were insane - historically great yardage stats and ridiculous TD:INT ratios.
But in the "inefficient" years, i.e. the years where Brees' YPA was under 8.0, the yards were down, the TDs were down, and the INTs were up.
Here, have a look:
Inefficient years - YPA under 8.0: