We’ve all heard about the Madden Curse. Players who make the cover of the legendary football video game either come down with a case of ineffectiveness or some slew of injuries. It happened to Daunte Culpepper, Marshall Faulk, Shaun Alexander, and Michael Vick just to name a few. This year, the fans voted for one player to make the cover. Drew Brees won out over Jared Allen and Reggie Wayne, which has turned out to be bad news for Brees.
It’s tough to watch the curse in effect, especially to a guy like Brees, who is such a great competitor and also contributes a lot of time to his community. Last year while leading the New Orleans Saints to their first ever Super Bowl victory, Brees completed 70.6% of his passes for 4,388 yards. He also threw 34 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions. This year, following a week seven loss (to the Cleveland Browns of all teams) Brees has thrown for 2,029 yards with 14 TD’s but has thrown 10 interceptions already, which puts him on pace to more than double his total from last year. In that loss to Cleveland, Brees threw four picks, something he never did in 2009. Last year, he only had one game where he threw three interceptions or more (a come from behind win against the Miami Dolphins). This year, he has had two already, both against seemingly mediocre defense.
On top of his performance, Brees also had to deal with a knee injury and also an injury riddled backfield. It seems as though the Madden Curse also causes some collateral damage along the way. On the season, the Saints are 4-3 and are a far cry from their prolific offense of 2009 which saw them put up 30 points or more nine times, a feat they have accomplished only once this year so far.
So, you can blame Bress’s troubles on injuries to their backfield which allows opposing defenses to focus solely on Brees, or you can thank the Madden Curse. If I were Brees, I’d start asking for a recall of those games immediately!