With just one more touchdown pass later today, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will tie legendary Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas for the longest streak of consecutive games throwing at least one touchdown pass. Brees has thrown one in 46 straight game, one away from Unitas' long-standing record of 47.
Unitas' streak ended 52 years ago and while it has been challenged, it has stood for over a half century. Former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre had a streak of 36 straight ended in 2004. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has the next longest active streak, currently at 35 games.
Brees has thrown seven TD passes in three games so far in 2012 and despite his team starting off 0-3 and facing a tough team on the road in the Packers this afternoon, he appears to be a lock to tie Unitas this week and break the record in two weeks (after their Bye Week) when the Saints host the San Diego Chargers.
The record Unitas set actually has stood since 1957, when he broke the record of 23 straight games, then extended it another 24 games. While most Baltimore fans would prefer to see the record remain in his name, there is no question that Brees is one of the best players of our generation and he deserves all the respect and honor for the achievement that he is on the verge of attaining.