Are The Steelers Or Saints In Better Shape Moving Forward?

With the 2019 NFL regular season already on the cusp of week number three, without question, the most talked about storyline thus far has centered around the devastating injuries at the quarterback position, particularly as it relates to two of the most high profile players and teams in the league.

When Steelers signal caller Ben Roethlisberger went down versus the Seahawks, many experts immediately stated that Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl aspirations likely went down the tubes as well. With Big Ben out for the season (elbow injury), second-year QB Mason Rudolph takes the reigns of an offense that already came into 2019 minus the hall of fame talents of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

Sadly for Steelers fans, their season might just be over, a mere two weeks after it began.

1,100 miles southwest in New Orleans, the situation is dire, but potentially not disastrous, after Saints icon Drew Brees suffered a hand injury (courtesy of Aaron Donald), during NOLA’s road loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Former Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater likely assumes the role of starting QB, as Brees spends the next several weeks figuring out how to successfully grip a football again.

Amid getting drafted with the 32nd pick of the 2014 NFL draft, Bridgewater appeared to be ensconced as Minnesota’s long-term answer at QB, after leading the franchise to a playoff appearance in 2015. Sadly, life changed in an instant when the Louisville alum suffered a catastrophic knee injury during a 2016 preseason practice. 

Fully repaired and healed, the Miami native turned down a chance to return to his hometown Dolphins, instead electing to kick-start his career under the tutelage of longtime Saints sideline man Sean Payton. With Brees out, Teddy now gets his chance.

When factoring in the experience of Bridgewater, along with the situational QB play of Saints “Swiss Army Knife” Taysom Hill, advantage NOLA in the area of which of these two squads has the best chance of not squandering the remainder of this 2019 campaign.