Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints were a well oiled machine on offense Saturday night. Although Brees wasn’t hitting every pass with pinpoint precision, he was great enough to lead the Saints to two first quarter touchdown drives. The Saints held on for a 23-17 win over Indianapolis in what could be a preview of this year’s Super Bowl.
How good was Drew Brees on Saturday? Well, he connected on two first quarter touchdowns, and unlike many first string players in the third preseason game, Brees was done for the night. It was a quick, impressive showcase of his ability, that showed he was no long hampered by his training camp injury.
First, Brees connected with Austin Johnson for a three yard touchdown pass on an opening drive score. The first drive totaled 13 plays and 80 yards, while taking over five minutes of clock.
The Saints hit the Colts with another 80 yard touchdown drive, but this time New Orleans only needed seven plays. The drive was highlighted by a Brees to Jimmy Graham 38 yard catch and run. It ended with a Marques Colston 13 yard touchdown.
The Saints running game wasn’t disappointing either. Led by Mark Ingram’s eight carries and 46 yards, the Saints ground game performed well in the early going. They finished with 162 yards, but weren’t able to produce any touchdowns. Backup quarterback Luke McCown was second on the team with 34 rushing yards.
Mark Ingram’s fellow Alabama running back Trent Richardson didn’t have much success for the Colts once again. Richardson had back to back nice runs, but only finished with 17 yards on 6 carries. However, Indianapolis may have found a gem with Dan Herron in the backfield.
The former Ohio State running back has been impressive during training camp, and he continued to showcase his ability. Herron led Indianapolis with 8 carries for 68 yards on Saturday. Those numbers included a 43 yard scamper.
For the most part Andrew Luck was pedestrian, while making a few plays for the Colts. Luck finished 10-18 passing for 103 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
Drew Brees completed 9 of 15 passes in less than a quarter, while connecting for two touchdowns. He also gained 128 yards through the air.