Drew Brees Retires: Looking Back on the Quarterback’s History Against the Spread

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Drew Brees announced what has been reported for some time. He’s officially retiring.

Brees’ final game was a 30-20 loss to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in the playoffs, putting the cap on what’s been a profitable career.

FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported before that game that it would be the last for Brees in the Superdome, the home of the New Orleans Saints. 

New Orleans didn’t cover as a 3-point favorite that final night, but betting on Brees has been profitable throughout his career. He finished his career 162-135-7  against the spread (ATS) overall and 181-123 straight up. 

The decline for Brees’s arm talent has been visible for years, but his production was still there. Brees hasn’t averaged 300 yards per game since 2016, but he still completed at least 70% of his passes in each of the last four years. 

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His stack of accolades is high. He’s a 13-time Pro Bowler who led the league in passing yards seven different times. He led the NFL in passing touchdowns four different times. His Saints won the 2009 Super Bowl, and he was the MVP of the game.

Surprisingly, he never won a regular-season MVP award.

The knock on Brees will be recent playoff memories. The Saints have had premature exits from the postseason in each of the last four years — at least by their expectations. In his career, Brees is 7-11 ATS in the postseason.

His career ended two days after his 42nd birthday with three interceptions and one touchdown on 19-of-34 passing for 134 yards. It was his first game with three picks since 2016.

Below is Brees’ full betting history. Our BetLabs data goes back to 2003. Brees started 16 games for the Chargers in 2002. 

Drew Brees ATS History 

  • 162-134-7 ATS overall
  • 147-117-6 ATS in regular season
  • 7-11 ATS in postseason
  • 77-58-4 ATS on the road (since 2003)
  • 74-70-2 ATS at home (since 2003)
  • 3-0 ATS neutral site (since 2003)
  • 99-89-2 ATS as favorite (since 2003)
  • 55-38-4 ATS as underdog (since 2003)
  • 0-1 ATS as pick (since 2003)

Drew Brees Straight Up

  • 181-122
  • 172-114 in regular season
  • 9-9 in postseason (since 2003)
  • 94-51 at home (since 2003)
  • 76-63 on the road (since 2003)
  • 40-57 as underdog (since 2003)
  • 133-57 as favorite (since 2003)
  • 0-1 as pick (since 2003)

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