W, 31-24 vs. Buccaneers
Make no mistake, the Saints are still quarterback Drew Brees’ team. But Week 5 showed a lot of promise for his backup, Teddy Bridgewater, who could eventually be the guy to replace Brees when the future Hall of Famer elects to call it a career.
All Bridgewater did during this key NFC South bout against the Buccaneers was go 26-of-34 for 314 yards, four touchdowns against an interception and a passer rating of 131.3.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas was the primary beneficiary of those stats, coming close to 200 yards. And while it would be nice for New Orleans to boast a solid No. 2 complementary weapon through the air to Thomas, the results speak for themselves.
Bridgewater did a good job handling a blitz-happy Buccaneers squad, too, avoiding any sacks and getting the ball out quickly.
No change for the Saints in our NFL power rankings, although they’re proving they can manage Brees’ absence better than initially thought.