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Pats still No. 1, Saints move to No. 2 in AP Pro32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) -- When quarterback Drew Brees injured his right thumb in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams, the New Orleans Saints' playoff hopes seemed to be over.

Except Teddy Bridgewater has led them to a 3-0 record since and first place in the NFC South. Bridgewater threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

The Saints also increased their steady climb in the latest AP Pro32 poll , moving one spot to No. 2.

''Sean Payton is performing like the Coach of the Year,'' Newsday's Bob Glauber said.