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5 Takeaways From New Orleans Saints’ Preseason Week 3 Win

New Orleans Saints 2014 Preseason: 5 Takeaways From Week 3 Win

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The New Orleans Saints' first-team offense must have thought it was the regular season, because they came out ready to roll on Saturday night. That was just one impression of many for the Saints as they beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-17 in Week 3 of the preseason.

5. Saints' Secondary Shows Big Play Ability

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5. Saints' Secondary Shows Big Play Ability

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The Saints' defense flashed potential in preseason Week 3 against the Colts. Kenny Vaccaro made a great diving interception in the first quarter, and Keenan Lewis almost made an amazing interception while defending Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton. The Saints' defense will be a lot better than their showing in 2013, and some big additions like Champ Bailey and Jairus Byrd will prove to be a big reason why.

4. Offensive Line Controls the Game

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4. Offensive Line Controls the Game

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Drew Brees had time to throw, Mark Ingram had space to run and it was all thanks to the big guys up front. The Colts' defense was pushed back on their heels all night long. New Orleans wasn't the No. 2 passing team in the 2013 season for no reason; their offensive line played a major part in the team's success. Games are won on the offensive line, and that's why the Saints are a favorite to win the NFC each year.

3. Quick Pace Means a Lot of Plays

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3. Quick Pace Means a Lot of Plays

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Not only is the Saints offense deadly, but boy do they move at a fast pace. After a big completion, the Saints offense constantly hurried down the field ready for another play. After the first quarter was over, the Saints dominated the time of possession and had a crazy 24 plays run before they made it into the second. This Saints offense loves long drives and quick plays which spells trouble for any defense that stands in their way this season.

2. Improved Rushing Attack

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2. Improved Rushing Attack

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Last season the Saints' top running back Pierre Thomas finished No. 34 in the NFL with 549 yards rushing, so imagine how deadly the Saints could be if they had a 1,000-yard back. Against the Colts, the Saints' running game was solid led by Mark Ingram with eight carries for 46 yards and they need that kind of production all season long. Thomas, Ingram and Khiry Robinson all have a chance to contribute on the ground for the Saints this season.

1. Drew Brees is Ready to Roll

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1. Drew Brees is Ready to Roll

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What more is there to say about Brees? He's undersized and not very quick, but the guy knows how to play the game. The commander in chief of the Saints' offense looked looked as if he was playing in the Super Bowl on Saturday night. He finished the game 9-of-15 with two touchdowns and 128 yards through the air. Brees didn't even need to finish out the first quarter to prove that he is ready for the 2014 season to begin.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.