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NFL Preseason Preview - Baltimore (3-0) at New Orleans (3-0)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Super Bowl contenders hoping to finish off perfect preseasons meet in the Bayou on Thursday when the New Orleans Saints host the Baltimore Ravens.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has completed 29-of-45 passes for 345 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 102.5 passer rating in three preseason games under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, the former head coach in Houston.

In last week's win over Washington, Flacco connected on 16-of-23 passes for 180 yards with one touchdown to the newly acquired Steve Smith, a 24- yarder.

"I'm ready," said Flacco about the start of the regular season. "Everybody is ready for real live games. Get out there and go."

Flacco's counterpart with the Saints, Drew Brees, has struggled with an oblique strain in August but saw his first action last week and the Pro Bowl quarterback was sharp.

He completed 9-of-15 passes for 128 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.2 passer rating as New Orleans improved to 3-0 with a 23-17 win in Indianapolis.

"I feel like it was a progression throughout the week, just getting the feel and timing back," said Brees, who led two touchdown drives in his three series on the field. "I don't think I'm 100 percent yet, but I feel like the tempo and rhythm and those things are coming back."

08/27 16:07:34 ET

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