3. Drew Brees’ insistence to return in Week 8
There is no debate that the New Orleans Saints are a better team when Drew Brees is under center. While Bridgewater has done his job (and then some) in keeping the Saints afloat with a 5-0 record, Brees is still a massive improvement from Bridgewater.
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That is why the Saints should be Super Bowl favorites. If they can beat three playoff teams without Brees just imagine how they will finish the year with a fresh Brees under center.
However, the team still has to be patient with bringing him back and you would think that this win over the Bears would guarantee a longer recovery for Brees. With the Arizona Cardinals due up next week, the Saints don’t need Drew Brees.
But even after the win, Brees still plans on practicing this week and hopes to return to the team in Week 8.
It might not seem like that big of a deal as physical contact is not going to reinjury his thumb as it would take someone targeting the thumb for that to be the case. However, you still want to be sure that his ligament is at 100 percent and he is not risking setting himself back by coming back too soon.
The benefit of resting him one more week is the bye week next week. I know that the thought of two more weeks without football is probably eating Brees alive, but that is perfect to give the Saints a refresher to transition back to Brees under center while giving him more time.
It is better than devising a gameplan with Brees in mind only for him not to play on Sunday or vice-versa with Bridgewater. Just take the extra time and be cautious.
Bridgewater earned one more start with a definitive win against the Bears, especially considering the upcoming opponent.