New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts: Saints Preseason Week 3 Game Preview

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New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts: Saints Preseason Week 3 Game Preview
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The New Orleans Saints have kicked off their 2014 preseason with two consecutive victories, but Saturday night’s matchup with the Indianapolis Colts should be the Saints' toughest test to date.

Despite the two wins, New Orleans’ play has been, at times, sloppy and undisciplined. In fact, the Saints were flagged for a total of 32 penalties in their first two outings, and they will undoubtedly be looking to cut down on the miscues against the Colts.

On paper, New Orleans possesses a deep roster that doesn’t appear to have many glaring holes on either side of the ball.

It sometimes takes several outings at game speed for an NFL offense or defense to achieve cohesion as a unit, however, and New Orleans isn’t likely to commit as many errors this time around, particularly on offense.

A key reason for the expected improvement is the return of starting quarterback Drew Brees, who’s slated to make his 2014 debut on Saturday, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

Brees has been hampered by an oblique injury throughout much of training camp, and his return to the New Orleans lineup should provide a big boost to a Saints offense that draws from a considerable well of talented weapons.

As for Indianapolis, coach Chuck Pagano’s club is off to an 0-2 preseason start after narrow losses to the New York Jets (13-10) and New York Giants (27-26). 

The Colts are expected to contend for the AFC South division crown this year, and they’ll be looking to measure themselves against a Saints squad that has equally high hopes for the coming season.

Following is a preview of Saturday’s matchup in Indianapolis, complete with a final score prediction.

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