The New Orleans Saints will be taking a road trip in Week 3 to take on the Seattle Seahawks in their first game without Drew Brees this season. With Drew Brees nursing a thumb injury, Teddy Bridgewater is expected to get the majority of the snaps as the starting quarterback.
Last week, Bridgewater replaced Brees after the veteran quarterback exited the game early. In nearly three quarters of action, Bridgewater completed 17 of his 30 attempts for just 165 yards against the Los Angeles Rams.
As stagnant as the offense looked with him under center in Week 2, Bridgewater will have a big-time performance against the Seahawks on Sunday. Despite Brees being sidelined, New Orleans still has dynamic weapons on offense for Bridgewater to utilize.
Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara are elite talents at their respective positions—regardless of who is starting at quarterback. Sean Payton is going to make sure to get both of them the ball in Week 3.
This will only be the second start that Bridgewater will make in the NFL since the 2015 season. Therefore, Seattle is going to have a limited amount of tape on him to prepare for the New Orleans offense.
That should benefit Bridgewater in a matchup against a defense that has some playmakers in their front seven. On the other hand, the Seahawks secondary has shown signs of being susceptible to the pass through the first two weeks of this season.
Currently, Seattle has allowed 287.5 passing yards per game in two games this season (seventh-most in NFL). Just two weeks ago, the Seahawks defense was reeling versus the Cincinnati Bengals. They allowed Andy Dalton to throw for a career-high 418 yards in Week 1.
Now, this week, they will face an unknown commodity with Bridgewater. The Saints offense kept it simple with the former Minnesota Vikings quarterback last Sunday.
But after having a full week of practice as the starter, Payton could decide to open up the playbook more. As a result, Bridgewater could unexpectedly stretch the field with passes to Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr.
At the same time, he can unload the ball to Kamara out of the backfield. Getting the ball into Kamara’s hands could easily be the difference in this game.
In Seattle, Bridgewater could be in for a game where he throws for 250 yards and two touchdowns. If he is able to produce those numbers, the Saints should have a chance to secure a victory on Sunday.