Drew Brees targeted Week 8 as his return date from a thumb injury, leaving New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton with an interesting decision to make Sunday as his team looks for a sixth straight victory against the surging Arizona Cardinals.
How to watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Brees has been sidelined since suffering ligament damage to the thumb on his throwing hand in a Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. New Orleans (6-1), though, has not skipped a beat without him as backup Teddy Bridgewater and an underappreciated defense has got the job done -- the Saints have the second-best record in the NFC behind unbeaten San Francisco.
Additionally, with the Saints having a bye week following this contest, Payton could simply opt on the side of caution and give Brees two more full weeks to complete the healing process. Before last Sunday’s 36-25 win over the Chicago Bears, FOX’s Erin Andrews reported Payton said the goal was to get Brees back in against Arizona.
All the while, Bridgewater has kept the Saints offense humming. He threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns without an interception, while Latavius Murray picked up the slack in the ground game with 119 yards and a pair of scores to make sure Alvin Kamara’s absence would not be felt.
Arizona (3-3-1) is looking to get over the .500 mark for the first time since closing the 2015 season 13-3. It’s also seeking its first four-game winning streak since reeling off nine consecutive victories that season. The Cardinals held off the New York Giants 27-21 on the road last Sunday as Chase Edmonds had the best game of his pro career with 127 rushing yards and three touchdowns after coach Kliff Kingsbury made the decision to not use injured running back David Johnson after one early carry.
Edmonds scored on runs of 20, 20, and 22 yards, and the Cardinals scored 17 points off New York’s three turnovers. Arizona’s defense also recorded eight sacks of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones -- four of them by Chandler Jones -- while holding the Giants to 263 total yards. Jones vaulted to third in the league in sacks with 8.5, trailing only Tampa Bay’s Shaquil Barrett and Cleveland’s Myles Garrett.
Arizona’s own first-year signal-caller Kyler Murray had a pedestrian game, completing 14 of 21 passes for 104 yards -- all season lows -- as the offense rode Edmonds.