On Sunday, September 15th, the Whodat Nation’s worst nightmare came true. Drew Brees had torn a ligament in his thumb, and our beloved hero could not even grip a football. A sight that made the hearts of every Saints fan drop to the floor. However, Head Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis had prepared just in case this horrid day did come. Waiting in the wings was a Quarterback who has followed a similar career path to the legend that us Saints fans have been spoiled to call our Quarterback for the past thirteen years. This man is Teddy Bridgewater. Both Brees and Bridgewater were selected with the 32nd pick in their respective draft classes, both players have suffered horrible injuries that made many doctors question if either man would play football again, and both players chose to sign with the New Orleans Saints instead of the Miami Dolphins in free agency.
After Brees was forced to leave the game against the Rams, Teddy Bridgewater checked into the game. In the blink of an eye, Bridgewater went from back up to starter. This was the first meaningful football that Teddy had been a part of since 2015, before his injury, when he was the starter for the Vikings. However, it did not go as well as we all would have hoped but understandably so. The offense was out of sync, which is expected when you are forced to change Quarterbacks with such short notice. Not to mention, to quote one Cam Jordan, “The Footlocker, uh, I mean refs” blew a play that would have resulted in a touchdown for us, dead. However, that is a topic for another time. Back to Teddy, he did alright given the circumstances of the situation. He was unexpectedly thrown into the game having not played any meaningful football for almost four years, and while the offense did not score any touchdowns, they also did not have any turnovers, and were able to put a few field goals on the board due to the fantastic leg of Wil Lutz.
Fast forward to the next Sunday, September 22nd, we have learned that Drew Brees will be out “about 6 weeks” after undergoing successful surgery. The consensus is that if Teddy and the Saints can win three out of the six games that Drew Brees is predicted to miss, it would be a job well done and the perfect situation for the future HOF Quarterback to take back over. The first step would be to defeat the Seattle Seahawks. This was an extremely important game, given the fact that the undefeated Cowboys will be in town next week. It was a rainy day in Seattle, and Teddy was about to get his first meaningful start in almost four years. As previously mentioned, it was to come against the undefeated Seattle Seahawks in a stadium where they had not lost a home game in September under their Head Coach, Pete Carrol. A streak that dated back to 2010.
The game got off to the dream start for the Saints. After the defense forced Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to go three and out, Rookie return man, Deonte Harris, was back to receive. Like a flash of lightning, Harris busted through the first wave of tacklers and was off to the races. Nobody was about to touch the man with a 4.47 40 time. Touchdown Saints! After the Seahawks tied the game at 7, it was all Saints from that point on. Eli Apple punched the ball away from Chris Carson, and Vonn Bell scooped it up for the fumble return touchdown. Just before the half, after the defense stopped the Seahawks on fourth and one, Bridgewater threw the screen pass to Alvin Kamara who proceeded to work his magic, dancing his way into the end zone! The Saints were half way done with their goal of shocking the world and defeating the Seahawks. With a lead of 20-7, Bridgewater and the offense touched the ball first out of the tunnel. Bridgewater led a well rounded drive down the field, but was down to fourth and goal. Sean Payton, who as we all know does not like to play it safe, wanted to keep the foot on the gas. Bridgewater lined up under center, sent Kamara in motion, and called for the football. Teddy quickly found Michael Thomas for the touchdown!
From that point on, it was all Alvin Kamara and the Saints. It seemed like every other play, Kamara was doing something to just make your jaw drop. After the defense halted Seattle on another fourth down, the offense embarked on the game sealing drive with a lead of 27-14 and about 9 minutes to go. After bleeding five minutes off the clock, Bridgewater handed the ball to Kamara who bullied his way across the goal line and in for the touchdown! The Seahawks scored a few garbage time touchdowns to make the final score of 33-27 a little more respectable. Make no mistake about it though, this game was dominated by the Saints.
So, that means the Saints completed step one, and did so in convincing fashion against the odds. This crucial win put the Saints right back at 1st place in the NFC South. However, as Cam Jordan mentioned, the Saints have to use the 24 hour rule, because the undefeated Cowboys are coming to town for a primetime match up on Sunday Night Football. The Whodat Nation should be proud of our team, and ready for the game on Sunday against the Cowboys! WHODAT!