Future Hall of Famer and New Orleans Saints Quarterback, Drew Brees, will be out at least six weeks with injuries to the ligaments in his thumb on his throwing hand. Brees suffered the injury during the Saints 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
This will seriously affect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moving forward and could play a role in how the Jacksonville Jaguars recover from their slow 0-2 start.
With Brees out, the Atlanta Falcons off to a slow start, and the Carolina Panthers falling to the Bucs on Thursday, there is no reason to believe why this Tampa Bay team can’t seriously compete in the AFC South. The improvement of quarterback Jameis Winston and the progression of this defense could make all of the difference. Brees will miss at least one game against the Bucs in Week 5 and should the Saints do very poorly they might not be in a rush to bring Brees back for their Week 11 match up either. Those are two games Bruce Arians and Co. can win.
As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, it’s very possible they can bounce back from this 0-2 start. Starting Thursday they’ll face the Titans, Broncos, Panthers, Saints, Bengals, Jets, and the Texans again. They don’t face a really potentially tough opponent until week 14 and the Chargers.
While you never want to see a universally liked guy like Drew Brees get hurt, this absence will give both Florida teams a real chance at the playoffs.