New Orleans vs. Indianapolis: Colts Preseason Week 3 Preview

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New Orleans vs. Indianapolis: Colts Preseason Week 3 Preview
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The Indianapolis Colts have yet to get a preseason win after two games, but as Colts fans know very well, the preseason doesn't matter.

After a strong start against the New York Giants this past Saturday, the Colts were unable to keep a 26-point lead. It wasn't too big of a deal, as the first-string defense looked quite strong, holding Eli Manning to just 1-of-7 passing with six yards and the Giants to less than 50 yards of total offense at halftime.

Now, the Colts have a big game against the New Orleans Saints to see if the defense can actually compete against a legitimate NFL offense, and head coach Chuck Pagano says that the defensive players are pumped to play Saturday, according to Mike Chappell from the Indianapolis Star:

It's going to be a great barometer to see just how far we've come defensively. These guys, the numbers speak for themselves. Our guys are excited. Game week preparation, a little bit of game planning going on, those types of things. Those guys are excited to play an outstanding team, an outstanding offensive unit and see exactly where we're at.

After this game, the Colts will just have one more before their regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos. Since it's the third game of the preseason, the Colts starters are expected to play significant time, so it will be the last real test before the defense has to take on Peyton Manning.

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