Steady Teddy looks to lead Saints to 3rd straight victory

Steve Geller
October 05, 2019 - 3:05 pm

He holds onto the ball too long.  He hasn’t passed for 200 yards. He doesn’t throw deep.

Those are a few complaints from Who Dats about quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.  But, the fact is that he is 2-0 as the Saints starter. 

“There's always room for improvement and little areas that you have to improve on, but for the most part I think our guys are doing what we’re asking of them and I'm trying to do what they're asking of me,” said Bridgewater.  “It's an overall team effort and I think we're doing a good job executing.”

Teddy has been steady under center, completing 42 of 57 passes for 370 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the past two games.  And, let’s be honest.  That one INT isn’t even his fault.  

In the Saints last outing, the team didn’t make their way into the endzone, but they got the win and yet some Black & Gold fans are still complaining.

“Every game is different, but at the same time we understand that we want to score,” explained Bridgewater. “In order to win this game, you need touchdowns. Luckily, we were able to win last week without a touchdown. You play this game to win and you play to execute. Like I mentioned, we have to execute better in the red zone and that starts with me.”

This Sunday starts the 2nd quarter of the schedule for the 3-1 Saints and for the first time this season they take on an NFC South opponent.   Tampa Bay is 2-2 under new head coach Bruce Arians and both victories have come on the road.  The Buccaneers ship sails into town looking to add the Superdome to their list of conquests, but their defense has deficiencies.

The Bucs have been a brick wall against the run giving up just 59 yards on the ground per game. That is by far the best in the NFL, but maybe it’s because offenses know they can have their way through the air against them.  Tampa has surrendered 318 yards passing per contest which is 2nd worst in the league.   

“Just having some experience with Todd Bowles last year in New York, I know that it's a complex defense. They do a lot. They give you a lot of looks,” said Bridgewater. “They’re playing well stopping the run and they’re doing some things up front to get their guys one-on-one matchups with the defensive line, linebackers to get to the quarterback.”

Bridgewater is going to need the offensive line to snap out of their funk to help him get the Saints offense going.  Penalties have been a major problem going back to the loss in LA and have often stalled drives before they even got started.  Coach Payton talked about it this week saying the o-line needed to improve their technique, because the amount of flags has been “ridiculous honestly.”



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