Why The New Orleans Saints Have Seen Success Without Drew Brees

The New Orleans Saints have been nothing short of impressive with their 5-1 start to the season. More importantly, most of the credit goes to back up QB Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville.

Bridgewater in his last four games has seen over 70% completions on 170+ yards. Needless to say, Bridgewater is a prime example of a player stepping up to the plate and filling some rather big shoes in Drew Brees’ absence. Many thought the Saints would’ve folded to start the season but think again. 

Highlighting his last two games, Bridgewater went for 314 yards and 4 TDs on 26/34 passing and 240 yards and 2 TDs on 24/36 passing. It’s safe to say he’s getting into a bit of rhythm.

The reality of the situation is that it isn’t just Bridgewater bringing success to this ball club, it’s been the defense. Between Demario Davis, Vonn Bell, AJ Klein, and Marshon Lattimore they have 142 tackles between the 4 of them, 103 of them being solo tackles. What this means for the Saints is that four guys are capable of controlling the tempo of the game on the defensive side of the ball.

On the offensive side, Bridgewater’s main receiver Micheal Thomas has 53 receptions on 632 yards and 3 TDs, leading the team offensively. Alvin Kamara has also been a key point for the Saint offense. Kamara has been very efficient running the ball as he’s seen 86 carries on 373 yards rushing. He also has been a threat in the passing game, catching 33 balls for 276 yards, which ranks second on the team for both categories.

The Saints having multiple options on both sides of the ball solidifies the team’s success as a whole and is why they are performing very well without Brees. The biggest question for them this season is how will they incorporate Brees into the fold? It seems like a pretty easy answer right? Well, only time will tell!  




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