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How does Drew Brees play in cold weather?

During the Drew Brees era, the New Orleans Saints have famously been outstanding at home inside the Superdome. And playing in the NFC South, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, Brees is essentially guaranteed six road games in nice weather.

At time of publication, the Weather.com forecast for Orchard Park this Sunday is a high of 43, low of 32 with a 20 percent chance of rain.

But how has he fared when not playing inside the confines of a domed stadium or in 75 degree heat in Tampa, Fla., or Charlotte, N.C.?

The temperature has been below 60 degrees in just six of Brees' last 35 away games dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season.

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Here's how he's performed in those regular-season outings:

Completions Attempts Yards TD INT
2013 at CHI 17 36 236 2 1
2013 at NE 23 38 147 1 0
2013 at NYJ 30 51 382 2 2
2014 at CAR 24 34 297 1 1
2014 at CHI 29 36 375 3 0
2017 at GB 27 38 331 1 2
Totals 150 233 1768 10 6

He's completed 64.3 percent of his passes in those games at 7.58 yards per attempt with a 90.9 quarterback rating.

In three of those games, the weather was lower than 50 degrees. Brees has completed 65.6 percent of his throws at a 7.23 yards-per-attempt clip with six touchdowns and two interceptions. That equates to a 96.2 passer rating.

Since the start of 2013, Brees' home passer rating is 109.3. He's completed 70.8 percent of this throws at home with a sizable 8.29 yards-per-attempt average. He's also tossed 92 touchdowns to just 26 interceptions in New Orleans.

This season, on the road in Green Bay on Oct. 22, Brees had his second-lowest passer rating of the season (84.1) and threw more interceptions (two) than touchdowns (one). However, his 8.71 yards-per-attempt average in that game was his third-highest in 2017.

There certainly isn't a large sample size of Brees playing in cold, regular season games. But the adverse conditions seemed to have had a negative impact on him. There's a good chance Sunday's game at New Era Field will be the coldest game for Brees in at least five seasons.

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