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Dec 27, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gestures during the first quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


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Drew Brees played through injury to show just how good he still is. Up against an awful Jaguars defense, Brees filled his boots with 412 passing yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Brandin Cooks five times for 123 yards and a touchdown, the score coming from a 71-yard strike. Tim Hightower had his way on the ground, turning his 27 carries into 122 yards and two touchdowns.

It was an impressive day for the Saints offense. How similar will it look in 2016? Will Brees still be at the Saints? Multiple reports put his future into question. He will be 37-years-old at the start of the 2016 season.

The biggest concern is of course with the defense, which is No. 31 in the league. The offense is good enough to win, but the defense often lets them down. Imagine pairing the Saints offense with the Broncos defense. That would be a fun sight.

There are a number of issues on defense, and they need to make a decision. Do they go all in for 2016 and try and win another championship with Brees, or are they investing now in the future with a longer term plan?

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