The moment that Drew Brees went down with a thumb injury, the New Orleans Saints were dismissed as contenders in the NFC. Yet somehow, the reigning NFC South champs have actually gone 3-0 in his absence.
Teddy Bridgewater has done an incredible job filling in for Brees. Last Sunday, he threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns.
While the Saints continue to sustain success on offense without their All-Pro quarterback, the team is actually nearing his return.
According to Yahoo insider Charles Robinson, the Saints want to be cautious with Brees but he’s pushing to return by Week 8.
Brees tore ligaments in his thumb and underwent a surgery that placed an internal brace. He’s already posted a video of himself throwing a football – albeit not regulation size.
New Orleans hosts the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8. Following that game, the team will have its bye week.
On Drew Brees: I've heard he's pushing to get back before week 9 bye, but #Saints want to be cautious, especially given Teddy Bridgewater's performance. Team seems to be eyeing week 10 return, but Brees has apparently been living in the training room in hopes of targeting week 8.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) October 9, 2019
The reality is that New Orleans isn’t just trying to stay afloat in its division, it’s playing for home-field advantage for this year’s postseason.
If Bridgewater keeps winning games, it makes sense for Brees to return in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Once Brees returns to the Saints, they’ll be one of the toughest teams to stop.