Saints QB Drew Brees is coming off one of the greatest weeks of his entire life, after breaking the NFL's all-time record for career passing yards in New Orleans' 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins a week ago — while furthering his legacy as one of the sport of Pro Football's greatest QB's of all-time.
However, as Brees leads the Black and Gold into their contest this upcoming Sunday Evening at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland and seeking the Saints' 5th straight win in a row, he will do so with one of the very few remaining goals left in his playing career that he is yet to achieve: beating the Ravens — the only team in the NFL he has never beaten in his brilliant 18-year NFL career.
Brees is (0-4) in his career against the Ravens, losing to them 3 times as a member of the Saints and once with the San Diego Chargers.
Perhaps even more surprisingly: in his career against the Ravens, Brees has only managed to throw for a "pedestrian" 9 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions; and his 64.09% completion percentage against them is his 4th lowest against any team.
With the team that originally drafted him — the San Diego Chargers — Brees went 28-of-45 passing for 270 yards in a game against Baltimore in his 3rd NFL season back in 2003, but had zero touchdowns and three interceptions as the Ravens took a 24-10 victory.
Then at home in the Superdome during his first season with the Saints in 2006, Baltimore jumped out to a 35-7 lead in the 3rd quarter against Brees and New Orleans; which included not one but TWO "Pick 6" interceptions returned for touchdowns. He threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns, but New Orleans lost 35-22.
In 2010 at Baltimore, Brees went 29-of-46 for 267 yards and three touchdowns and one interception. He helped tie the score in the 4th quarter when he hit WR Lance Moore for a 15-yard touchdown, but Baltimore added two field goals late in the final period to eventually take home a 30-24 victory.
And then of course there was the last time that the two teams met at the Superdome in 2014, when Brees had his greatest performance against Baltimore of his entire career.
In that game, Brees completed 35 out of 45 passes for 420 yards and 3 TD's and 1 interception but was forced to watch helplessly as the Saints defense gave up 182 yards and two touchdowns to then-Ravens RB Justin Forsett — as Baltimore beat New Orleans 34-27 on ESPN Monday Night Football on that night, to hand the Black and Gold what would be their 3rd consecutive loss.
As it turns out: Brees won't be the only one seeking to break a losing streak against the Ravens this Sunday.
That's because Saints head coach Sean Payton — who's been in charge since 2006 — is also winless (0-3) in his head coaching career vs. Baltimore.
Payton has a victory over every NFL team except the Ravens, losing to them three times (35-22 at home in 2006, 30-24 at M&T Bank Stadium in 2010, and the 34-27 loss at home in 2014).
And probably worse for Payton: they were the team that handed him a loss while he was the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants, as the G-Men got dominated by the Ravens defense in Super Bowl XXXV by a score of 34-7 back in February of 2001.
Suffice it to say: both Brees and Payton will be focused on coming away with the "W" this Sunday, despite the fact that they currently are a 3-point "underdog" for this contest.
But for Brees specifically, beating the Ravens would just be one more accomplishment to add to his remarkable and history making NFL career.