New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has filled in admirably since Drew Brees went down with a thumb injury in Week 2. In the games he has started since, Bridgewater has led his team to two huge wins against the Seahawks and Cowboys.
This week he is slated to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are coming off a big win themselves against the LA Rams. While the Bucs might not be as fearsome as the previous two teams, Bridgewater will have to continue his solid play to secure this victory.
Here are three predictions for Bridgewater in this weeks game.
3. Bridgewater will utilize Kamara in the passing game
Compared to last year, Kamara has seen a sharp drop off in the number of receiving targets he has had, but that will change this week. He will be utilized in the screen game and passing attack against a team that ranks second to last in terms of passing yards allowed per game.
I don’t expect Bridgwater to be airing out the ball a ton this week, rather I expect him to be a bit more cerebral and exploit the holes he and Sean Payton see. Kamara will see anywhere between 7-10 targets from Bridgewater this week as he will look to gash the holes he sees in front of him.
2. Bridgewater will pass for over 300 yards
He has yet to go over the 200-yard mark this season, but if there is ever a time to have himself a big-time yardage game, it’s this week. Most of it will come on short yardage throws, leaving it up to his receivers to make a play.
He has plenty at his disposal as Michael Thomas will catch everything and anything within a seven-yard radius and speedster Ted Ginn Jr. will have a game more similar to his Week 1 performance when he caught seven passes for 101 yards.
The aforementioned Alvin Kamara will also be a weapon Bridgewater will not be afraid to use.
1. He will move to 3-0 as the Saints starter
Going in as a three-point favorite, Bridgewater will not let the Saints lose at home. He has led his team against much harder opponents than the Bucs and will continue to prove to people why he was made the highest-paid backup in the league.
The Saints were considered one of the leagues best teams coming into the season, but just because they lost Brees doesn’t mean they were just going to lay down. If the defense can replicate the performance they had against the Cowboys, the Bucs don’t stand a chance.
Bridgewater’s comeback tour will continue to roll on this week.