Will McCown start if Brees is sidelined against Titans?

Those waiting to see Ryan Griffin work the starters may be left waiting for another week.

With New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees not expected to play due to a left oblique strain, tonight’s game against the Tennessee Titans could once again put the spotlight on the backup quarterback battle between Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin.

In last week’s preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams, McCown played the first few series before giving way to Griffin, who played the next two quarters.

The feeling here is that tonight’s game against the Titans will follow a similar script. If Brees does not play, the guess is that McCown will get the start and Griffin will take the field with the second-team offense.

Griffin opened the door a bit last week by completing 16-of-23 passes for 179 yards with a touchdown, but coach Sean Payton said he was also pleased with how McCown (7-for-10, 49 yards, one interception) performed in his limited time under center.

McCown has continued to work with the first-team offense with Brees sidelined during practices.

This will be a big week for Griffin. The Saints would likely prefer to carry only two quarterbacks this season. It would be advantageous if Griffin wins the role since he carries a lower cap number than McCown.

He can take a big step toward doing so with a strong performance tonight — especially since opportunities could be limited if and when Brees comes back.