- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne thought he simply wanted to get back on the field.

Turns out, he would have preferred playing a little longer.

Drew Brees threw two touchdowns in the first quarter and led the unbeaten Saints past winless Indianapolis 23-17, ruining Wayne’s return after a nearly 10-month layoff.

“It was good to catch the football, get a real, live game under my belt. There’s no way to simulate that in practice,” Wayne said. “When you look at a game, it’s going 100 mph, opposed to about 70 mph in practice.”

Things seemed pretty normal to Wayne.

He received a loud ovation from the crowd when he was announced as a starter during pregame introductions and again after making each of two catches - both of which were erased by penalties. Wayne bounced up quickly both times, an indication he should be ready to go for the Sept. 7 season opener at Denver.

The rest of the night wasn’t so good for Indy (0-3).

Andrew Luck played into the third quarter and finished 10 of 18 for 103 yards with one TD and one interception on a day the Colts were completely outplayed.

“We never got in a rhythm, missing throws that I would like to make and turning the ball over,” Luck said.

Nobody was better than Brees, who twice drove the Saints 80 yards for touchdowns in less than a quarter. He finished 9 of 15 for 128 yards with no interceptions for New Orleans (3-0).

He was quick, creative and accurate. Even a couple of weeks away from practice, a pair of missed games and a seemingly stronger Colts defense couldn’t derail Brees.

Six days after returning to practice, the Pro Bowl quarterback threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and led the still unbeaten Saints to a 23-17 preseason victory at Indianapolis.

“I feel like it was a progression throughout the week, just getting the feel and the timing back,” Brees said after going 9 of 15 for 127 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. “I don’t think I’m 100 percent yet, but I feel like the tempo and the rhythm and those things are coming back.”

He was so impressive that Saints coach Sean Payton parked Brees on the bench after three series. Brees is likely to spend Thursday night’s game against Baltimore there as the Saints try to complete their first perfect preseason.

Naturally, Payton would rather make sure Brees plays this way in the Sept. 7 season opener at Atlanta.

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