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Replacement or Warm Body? Backup Quarterbacks Prove Their Worth

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It’s a hard fact of the N.F.L. that quarterbacks get hurt. And that means teams that may have looked like Super Bowl contenders on paper are suddenly sending out Joe Ordinary to take snaps. In other places, offensive saviors have fallen short of franchise expectations and been swapped out for well-traveled arms.

Several teams have made quarterback changes this season, both voluntarily and involuntarily, with drastically different results. Here’s a look at how those backups have done.

Top Marks

Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints (5-0 as a starter)

He was taking over for a legend, Drew Brees, but Bridgewater has been up to the task, reeling off five consecutive wins.