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#266 New Orleans Saints -12.5
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1:00pm EDT
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: October 27, 2019, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, 1:00 PM ET

The Teddy Bridgewater Show could be nearing an end when the New Orleans Saints host the visiting Arizona Cardinals. Quarterback Drew Brees, who has been sidelined with a thumb injury, is expected to return to practice this week with the hope of suiting up on Sunday. It would be bad news for the 3-3-1 Cardinals, who are rolling with three straight wins over the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals.

Since Brees went down with the injury in Week 2, Bridgewater has helped carry the Saints to five consecutive wins, including an impressive 36-25 road victory over the Chicago Bears.

Rookie Chase Edmonds arrives for the Cardinals

David Johnson’s future replacement might have arrived for the Cardinals in the form of second-year running back Chase Edmonds. The former fourth-round draft pick ran all over the New York Giants defense last week with 27 carries for 126 yards and three touchdowns.

Johnson came into the game sparingly, but it has been reported he is still struggling with an ankle injury. He is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints, but it’s likely he’ll either have limited snaps for a second straight week or sit the game out entirely. The Cardinals have already made the move to sign a couple more practice bodies at the running back position, which isn’t a good sign for Johnson’s availability.

Edmonds won’t have as many running opportunities against a stout Saints defensive front allowing an average of 90.6 rushing yards per game. So it will fall on Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury to get creative and figure out ways to get the ball into his playmaker’s hands in open space. Edmonds could be more productive in the passing game than he is on the ground, although the Cardinals shouldn’t abandon the run game entirely.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinals will have the herculean task of slowing down returning quarterback Drew Brees, who plans to start in the game. Defensive end Chandler Jones has to lead the charge on the defensive front and get after Brees, while cornerback Patrick Peterson wins his one-on-ones with Saints star wideout Michael Thomas.

Cardinals’ linebacker Jordan Hicks didn’t practice on Wednesday due to a calf injury, and Haason Reddick has been limited with a knee injury. Both are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Is Brees set to return?

The Saints could be on the verge of juggernaut status with Brees setting his sights on returning on Sunday. We haven’t seen the team operate with the future Hall of Famer behind center since he exited the game against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 with a thumb injury. Teddy Bridgewater deserves a ton of credit for stepping in as a perfect replacement and helping lead the Saints to five consecutive wins. You can bet your bottom dollar teams will be knocking on his door after the season.

As far as Sunday’s game is concerned, Brees being back in the saddle gives the Saints offense that aura of invincibility again. Of course, they’ll need All-Pro running back Alvin Kamara healthy before things are completely back to normal. He is officially listed as questionable for the game, along with tight end Jared Cook. So Brees might have to lean on Latavius Murray more to spearhead the rushing attack.

Defensive end Cam Jordan will look to lead the attack on the defensive side of the ball against a pass-heavy offense that offers plenty of opportunities to get after the quarterback. However, it won’t be easy getting initial contact on a quarterback as good on his feet as Murray. The guys up front will have to swarm tackle and remain disciplined in limiting the rush lanes for Murray to scramble through.

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The Saints might be the best team in the NFL right now.

There aren’t many teams in the league capable of losing their starting quarterback and still winning five straight games. They weren’t beating cupcake teams, either. During their run, the Bridgewater-led Saints defeated the Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks—all whom expect to be playoff contenders by the end of the season.

The Saints defense is rapidly improving, and Brees adds that extra layer of potency to the offense that makes it special. It’s hard to put much faith in the Cardinals for beating up on three bad teams in the Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals. Let’s see what they do when faced with a legitimate defense capable of putting the heat on Murray and an offense with the firepower to respond.

The Cardinals rank in the bottom-half of the league in pass defense, and they could be facing one of the top-10 greatest quarterbacks of all time. Expect for coach Sean Payton to line Thomas up all over the place, which will cause Peterson and company to break at some point. I’m taking the Saints to keep on marching to their sixth straight win.

Prediction: New Orleans Saints (-10.5)

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The Saints clearly expect to average more than 23.4 points per game with Brees back behind center. His mere presence opens up so many more possibilities on the field for the team. Perhaps Bridgewater could have done the same if the offense was actually built around him. This is Brees’ offense, and he’ll remind the world why that’s the case on Sunday. I’m taking the over betting total.

Prediction: Over (48.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.