New Or­leans Saints

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The pre­sea­son de­but of QB

Drew Brees nor­mally would make the big­gest splash com­ing out of the third ex­hi­bi­tion, but sec­ond-year co­or­di­na­tor Den­nis

Allen and his vastly im­proved de­fense con­tinue to make waves.

For the third con­sec­u­tive game, Allen’s unit gave up yards and points grudg­ingly in a 13-0 win against the Hous­ton Tex­ans at the Mercedes-Benz Su­per­dome.

The Saints have not al­lowed an of­fen­sive touch­down in two con­sec­u­tive games and their No. 1 de­fense has not yielded a point in

the pre­sea­son. Brees com­pleted 11 of 15 passes for 76 yards with only one of his five pos­ses­sions end­ing in points (a 26-yard field goal by Will Lutz). The game also marked the pre­sea­son de­buts of DE Cam Jor­dan and RBs Adrian Peter­son and Mark In­gram, who com­bined on 13 touches for 34 yards from scrim­mage. Rookie watch: Three de­fen­sive draft picks started for the Saints — top pick CB Marshon Lat­ti­more, sec­ond-round FS Mar­cus Williams and third

round LB Alex An­za­lone. ... Start­ing LT Ryan Ram­czyk, the 32nd over­all pick, was held out with an un­spec­i­fied in­jury. He has been in and out of the lineup since hav­ing hip surgery be­fore the draft. ... Sixth-round DE Al-Quadin Muham­mad col­lected his team-high third sack. ... Free agent RB Dar­ius Vic­tor scored the game’s only TD on a 3-yard run. He rushed eight times for 30 yards and lost a fum­ble.

Note­wor­thy: LB Nate Stu­par in­jured his ham­string. ... New­comer WR Ted Ginn Jr. ac­counted for 66 yards on six touches, in­clud­ing a 14-yard re­cep­tion and 24-yard end-around. ... No. 4 WR Bran­don Cole­man had two catches for 44 yards, in­clud­ing a key 31-yarder on the game’s only TD drive. ... C Max

Unger (foot surgery) is point­ing to make his pre­sea­son de­but on Aug. 31 against the Bal­ti­more Ravens.

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