The Saints And Steelers Lost Their Franchise QBs. Can They Still Make The Playoffs?

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The Saints And Steelers Lost Their Franchise QBs. Can They Still Make The Playoffs?
The Saints And Steelers Lost Their Franchise QBs. Can They Still Make The Playoffs?

On Sunday, injuries at the NFL's most valuable position — to two of history's most prolific passers — radically altered the landscape of the season. Sean Payton is about to coach only the second game of his NFL career without a healthy Drew Brees, who is out six to eight weeks with an injury to his right (throwing) thumb that will require surgery. With Brees at the helm, Payton's record is 119-72, and the pair has the second-most wins of any QB-coach combo in NFL history. Now, Payton's quarterback is expected to be Teddy Bridgewater, who last started an NFL game that mattered in the 2015 season.1 In Pittsburgh, the situation is even worse: Ben Roethlisberger will undergo season-ending surgery

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