Saints 31, Bucs 24: Bridgewater throws career-high 4 TDs in victory

New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) makes a throw against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Several times Sunday afternoon, the crowd erupted into chants of “Ted-dy, Ted-dy!”

And for good reason. Teddy Bridgewater, the Saints backup who was pressed into the starting lineup after an injury to starter Drew Brees, threw for a career-high four touchdown passes as the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-24 Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Bridgewater is now 3-0 when starting for the Saints this season.

Bridgewater competed 26 of his 34 passes for a season high 314 yards with Michael Thomas hauling in 11 passes for 182 yards and two scores as the Saints moved to 4-1 on the year.

Bridgewater guided the Saints on five scoring drives tossing touchdowns to Jared Cook and Ted Ginn Jr. as well, while the Saints' defense applied heavy pressure on Tampa Bay quarterback James Winston, sacking him six times.

Marcus Davenport had two while Cam Jordan, Malcolm Brown, Sheldon Rankins and Carl Granderson each got to Winston once.