Things have taken a turn for the New Orleans Saints in just a matter of days.
Before the Saints’ Week 3 showdown with the Seattle Seahawks, they are without all-pro quarterback Drew Brees who will be out for an extended period with a hand injury.
Brees’ absence impacts the NFC South and potentially the NFC playoff picture.
Here’s what else you need to know about New Orleans:
Before the Minnesota Vikings went from Sam Bradford to Case Keenum to Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater was the man for the Vikings. A tragic non-contact knee injury during training camp of 2016 sidelined the Pro Bowl quarterback for over a year, and he was released by Minnesota at the end of the 2017 season.
After a short stint with the Jets, Bridgewater and a draft pick were traded to the Saints for a draft pick in the summer of 2018.
This won’t be Bridgewater’s first start since he was in Minnesota, but it will be the first time in a long time that a franchise is giving him the keys to the car. In his first year as a starter in Minnesota back in 2014, he almost threw for over 3,000 yards and eclipsed the mark the next season.
Here’s just a taste of what he can do.
Does the NFL have it out for the Saints?
It might feel like the Saints are in the NFL’s crosshairs, or there’s a conspiracy after the egregious no call in the 2018 NFC title game.
Another controversial call occurred against the Rams this past Sunday.
On a Jared Goff fumble in the second quarter, the Saints’ Cam Jordan picked up the ball, and was racing to the end zone when officials blew the play dead. That call wiped out a return that would’ve broken a 3-3 tie.
Saints head coach Sean Payton showed a lot of frustration during the game but did not let it show when talking to the media after the 27-9 loss.
All About Alvin
No Brees? Well, look for Alvin Kamara to be unleashed Sunday.
The running back and receiving threat has yet to see the end zone, but he was an important part of the Saints Week 1 victory over Houston. Kamara’s 169 yards of total offense (97 running, 72 receiving) were key in a nail-biting victory.
For those wondering, the Seahawks have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in the first two games of 2019, but that could be tested this coming Sunday.
Back to the NFC West for a week
The days of the New Orleans Saints as a member of the NFC West are fading, and a generation of fans really doesn’t know about their days clashing with the 49ers, Rams and Falcons for 31 years.
Something you might not know is that the Seahawks and Saints were in the same division in Seattle’s expansion year of 1976.