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Teddy Bridgewater matches on-field substance with off-field style for New Orleans Saints

Completed 67.9 percent of his passes, threw nine touchdowns in five starts

The best photos of New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewaterfrom the 2019 season.

Analysis: Now, New Orleans Saints fans know: Teddy Bridgewater can play. Not just play, but start at quarterback for an NFL team. And not just start, but play at a high enough level to be a significant contributor to victories. Bridgewater hadn't started a meaningful NFL game since the Wild Card playoff game for Minnesota to end his second season, in 2015, because he suffered a devastating knee injury that wiped out his '16 and '17 seasons, and he backed up Drew Brees for all of '18. But he knocked off all the rust during a five-game appearance during Brees' injury. He completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 1,384 yards and nine touchdowns, with two interceptions. His quarterback rating (99.1) was the highest of his career, and Bridgewater helped New Orleans go 5-0 during Brees' absence, which played a major part in the Saints tying a franchise record with 13 regular-season wins, and taking the NFC South Division title for the third straight year. Along the way, the city of New Orleans embraced Bridgewater as if he was a native son. He's the only Saint other than Brees to win a start at quarterback since Brees joined the franchise in 2006.

Best Game: In a 31-24 victory over Tampa Bay on Oct. 24, Bridgewater was as masterful as he ever had been in the NFL. He completed 26 of 34 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns, with an interception. It was the second four-touchdown game of Bridgewater's career.

Best Quote: "This league, it's just funny the way things work in this league. Whenever you have an opportunity you just want to try to make the most of it, and understand that all of this is only possible with God. The meek shall inherit the earth; that's one of my favorite Bible scriptures. I know that I'm not out there by myself, (I'm with) all the guys in this locker room who are out there making plays and allowing this team to be in a position to win games." – Bridgewater.

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