Saints at Colts: Three and out

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

Drew Brees is about as rusty as tempered steel. Any questions about the future Hall of Famer’s readiness after missing the first two preseason games with a strained oblique were answered with a pair of drives that ended with touchdown passes. Brees threw with touch, was in full command of the offense and even scrambled for 10 yards to set up his first touchown pass to fullback Austin Johnson. Brees went 9 of 15 for 128 yards and then, like the wind, he was gone. Good chance you won’t see him on display again until Sept. 7 at Atlanta. Not much need.

2. TRENDING NOW

The Saints’ secondary has been the subject of intense speculation with an outbreak of sick time logged by Jarius Byrd, Champ Bailey and Patrick Robinson. But all three were on duty Saturday night as they squared off against the popular and trendy Andrew Luck. Luck played into the third quarter and aside from taking advantage of a coverage bust for an early tying touchdown he found frustration against the Saints, going 10 of 18 for 103 yards with an interception by Kenny Vaccaro on a badly underthrown ball.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

Penalties (10 for 84 yards) still were way too plentiful, with one of them forcing the Saints to settle for a field goal when they were camped at the Colts’ 1. And the recurrence of a quad injury for receiver Kenny Stills, a key cog in the Saints’ offensive machine, is a worrisome issue. But as far as preseason games go, this was a quality performance against a quality team. That the Saints are now 3-0 in the preseason isn’t important; making progress toward the regular season is. Mission accomplished.