(SportsNetwork.com) - There now seems to be three certainties in life: death, taxes and Drew Brees passing for more than 300 yards.
Brees will try to move the New Orleans Saints to 5-0 Sunday, when then they make a stop in the Windy City for a matchup with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Saints are 4-0 for the fourth time in franchise history and last opened a season with five straight wins in 2009, when a 13-0 mark propelled them to a title in Super Bowl XLIV.
The Saints remained one of the few unbeaten teams around the league with Monday night's 38-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins at the Superdome and Brees engineered a 465-yard attack on the visitors by completing a season-high 30 passes on 39 attempts for a season-best 413 yards and four touchdowns. He did not throw an interception for the first time in 2013 and the four TD passes were a season-high.
Brees, who posted a 144.5 QB rating, was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort one game after teammate and tight end Jimmy Graham took home the honor. Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has won 15 Player of Week Awards, which is second most in the NFL (Tom Brady, 16). Brees has been keeping up with Peyton Manning numbers-wise and is second in passing yards (1,434), passing yards per game (358.3) and passing yards per attempt (8.64). He is also third with 10 TD passes and fourth in completions with 111 and completion percentage at 66.9.
He has thrown for 300-plus yards in nine straight games and 200 or more yards in 35 games in a row. Brees has passed for 300 or more yards 71 times in his career, while Manning has the record with 76. Brees' 10 career 400-yard performances rank second behind Hall of Famer Dan Marino's 13 games and he has completed at least 20 passes in 55 straight games.
For how well the Saints are playing, head coach Sean Payton believes there's plenty of room to improve.
"We all try to be, as coaches, very critical of ourselves, just like we would be of our players. I don't know that there's ever any complete satisfaction. It's not like a Snickers bar," Payton said. "I think you're always looking to improve. I think the key is what's happening in here Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in preparation. I think that makes for a smoother operation for gameday. I think it's the preparation by players, coaches, everyone being on the same page and operating efficiently."
Payton's offense has been operating like a well-oiled machine and sits second in passing yards (338.2), fourth in total yards (419.5) fifth in touchdowns (12) and sixth in points scored (27.0). The Saints have scored 69 points in the last two weeks and seem to be running away with the NFC South, as the defending division-champion Atlanta Falcons sport a 1-3 record.
Saints wide receiver Marques Colston was asked why the offense has been so dominant this season.
"The obvious, the last two games we have been able to put some more points on the board, which is a plus for us but we still feel like we are leaving a lot of plays on the field, especially in the red zone," Colston said. "It is just something that we like we can clean up the efficiency down there and make us even better on offense."
That should strike fear into opposing defenses because not only does Brees have to be accounted for by the front line and secondary, but multi-purpose back Darren Sproles and Graham are major weapons. The pint-sized Sproles had both a rushing score and a receiving touchdown in Monday's win, finishing with 114 yards on seven catches and 28 yards on four rushes.