New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts: Grades for Each Saints Unit

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New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts: Grades for Each Saints Unit
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The New Orleans Saints ran their preseason record to 3-0 with a 23-17 Saturday-night road victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

For the Saints, the outing proved to be their most impressive showing of the preseason. New Orleans dominated the game for the majority of the first half, as both squads gave extensive playing time to their starting units.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees made his first appearance of the preseason, and he didn’t disappoint with a two-touchdown performance. Despite the fact that he hadn’t seen any game action, Brees was far from tentative, as he aggressively advanced the ball down the field and sometimes attempted to force the ball into tight coverage.

The Saints' starting signal-caller led his team to touchdown drives on two out of three possessions.

New Orleans led 20-10 at the half, but the Colts backup units rallied to make a game of it in the second stanza.

Despite their victorious outing, the Saints continued their preseason-long bout with miscues. New Orleans was undoubtedly sharper and more focused than it was last week, but coach Sean Payton's squad was still flagged for 84 yards in penalties, whereas the Colts were only hit for 14 yards. On the night, New Orleans accumulated 10 penalties, which gives it a total of 40 through three preseason games.

Mistakes aside, the first half was an impressive display of dominance on both sides of the ball, and the Saints are still perfect in the 2014 preseason. 

Following are postgame report card grades for the Saints following their win over the Colts, complete with a final grade on the last slide.

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