The Saints are undefeated through three exhibition games, having just dispatched the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night in the dress rehearsal.
While winning is still a major goal, Saints coach Sean Payton will likely be most pleased with an injury-free outing in Thursday night’s contest. As Payton readies his club for its Sept. 7 season opener against the divisional rival Atlanta Falcons, having a largely healthy roster at his disposal is of great importance.
Other points of interest for this matchup are the position battles still going on. Final roster cuts are drawing near, and the Saints will have some big decisions to make shortly following the game’s conclusion.
The competition for roster spots at wide receiver is particularly intense, as Joseph Morgan, Robert Meachem, Nick Toon, Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones will get one final opportunity to show what they can do at game speed. These five wideouts could be competing for three spots, maybe four. Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks are all presumed safe.
As for the Ravens, John Harbaugh’s squad is also 3-0 this preseason and is coming off a 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins. The Ravens’ trip to New Orleans this week won’t be their last visit of the season, as they’ll be returning for a regular-season clash with the Saints on Nov. 24.
The following is a preview of Thursday night’s contest, which kicks off at 7 p.m. CST in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.