New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts: Live Analysis and Highlights

Zane BrownContributor IIIAugust 23, 2014

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees warms up before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Matt Rourke

For the second time in the 2014 preseason, the New Orleans Saints take to the road, as coach Sean Payton’s squad heads to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

Tonight's game will be each club's third contest of the preseason, which is commonly referred to as the dress rehearsal.

Starters typically play longer in the third exhibition contest, and each offensive and defensive unit will try to sustain some success over an extended period of time.

For the 2-0 Saints, tonight marks the return of starting quarterback Drew Brees, who has missed the first two contests with a strained oblique.

For Saints fans, this could be their first opportunity to see Brees work with 2014 first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks, who has turned heads throughout training camp. The rookie wideout has had issues with a stomach virus this week, however, according to Katherine Terrell of Although he practiced Thursday, his status for the game is still undetermined.

Another New Orleans player to keep on an eye on tonight is safety Jairus Byrd, who will finally make his debut in a Saints uniform. The three-time Pro Bowler inked a long-term deal with New Orleans as a free agent this offseason, and he should make an immediate impact in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s secondary.

As for the Colts, they may have started 0-2, but coach Chuck Pagano has formidable starting units on both offense and defense, and this game should be challenging for the Saints.