INDIANAPOLIS --- For the second straight week, the Colts will face a future Hall of Fame quarterback when Drew Brees and the Saints come to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Brees is a lock for Canton, currently 4th all-time in passing yards, 5th all-time in passing touchdowns, and 7th in passer rating.
"He's very smart. He knows where to go with the football. He spreads the ball to his teammates. So, everyone's live on the play," said Colts safety Dwight Lowery Wednesday. "Some quarterbacks or some systems you can kind of figure out who's going to get the ball and who's not. I think he does an outstanding job of making sure he gets the ball to the open man."
Lowery faced Brees twice last season in the NFC South with the Falcons. Colts cornerback Darius Butler agreed with Lowery's observations.
"His pocket presence. He knows where every guy is on the field, his checkdowns, deep routes," said Butler about what stands out about Brees. "He can place the ball anywhere. He's probably one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league, in league history."
Butler is right on with that opinion. Look at the top-5 career completion percentages in NFL history. Brees is the most accurate quarterback in NFL history:
Drew Brees - 66.3%
Chad Pennington - 66.0%
Aaron Rodgers - 65.9%
Kurt Warner - 65.5%
Peyton Manning - 65.4%
This year is no different for Brees, having completed 68.4% of his passes at 36-years-old.
"You can tell is IQ of the game," said outside linebacker Erik Walden. "There isn't too much he hasn't seen. We gotta do a great job disguising, trying to hold looks to make him see something else that he thought he saw."
Brees in five games this season is averaging 323.2 passing yards per game, with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
"It's going to be a tough task," said Butler. "Everybody has to be on their Ps and Qs. We gotta get after him up front and do our job on the back end."
Brees has faced the Colts four times in his career, going 2-2, with 9 touchdowns to 5 interceptions.