Fleur-de-Links: Saints vs. Patriots Preseason Game One Tonight at 6:30 CST

Rolling this out a little earlier than usual due to the game tonight. All is quiet in TWO DAT nation until then. After the jump, you'll see that lots of people around the web have their own list of things to watch. What will you be looking for?

TWEETS:

JonVilma51 Rise and shine its Gameday baby!!

LanceMoore16 Gotta say, I like afternoon games bc u get up and ur playing. This waiting around all day stuff isn't too much fun.

T_Porter22 Just woke up..#cantsleep...not tonight I need rest b4 the game tomorrow...this deserves a c'mon man #keyshawnjohnson

reggie_bush It's funny how in life when we have a little success, we slack off w/ our prayer or god! Gods word says, "apart from me you can do nothing!"

LanceMoore16 RT @NickMoore_1: First haircut and shave in a month. I'm back to myself again!! *bbm thumbs up*....thank goodness *bbm whew face* lol

reggie_bush Satan is patient and relentless! He will strike when you are in the pinnacle of your life! You must always be on your A game in life!

reggie_bush If you are not careful your past success can become a present liability! Everyday presents new challenges don't rely on the past!

reggie_bush Today's word: Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world! If you follow God's game plan you will win! Today is a new day!

ChaseDaniel "Commitment is when you refuse to give yourself an excuse." Get yourself a copy of @drewbrees new book "Coming Back STRONGER"

T_Porter22 #NowWatching - Spongebob Squarepants

LanceMoore16 After a long n eventful offseason, the day is finally here to get back on the game field. I cannot wait to get out there and have some fun.

SAINTS VS PATRIOTS TONIGHT AT 6:30 CST:

New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots: What to watch | NOLA.com
Quarter-by-quarter breakdown

Ten things to watch in New England Patriots-New Orleans Saints preseason opener - ESPN Boston
Ten areas to watch in the Patriots-Saints preseason opener.

Five Things to Watch in the Patriots/ Saints game - BostonHerald.com
FOXBORO - There will likely be few surprises tonight. The Patriots and Saints have been practicing against each other for two days, leading to the kind of familiarity rarely seen during a preseason game. The three joint practices figure to allow the players to feel like it is the regular season. ...

Preseason: Top 10 things to watch in Saints-Patriots

Hot Spots To Watch vs. Saints

New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots are like mirrors of perfection | NOLA.com
Saints @ Patriots tonight, 6:30p on Fox 8

NFL Preseason Schedule, August 12 -- NFL FanHouse

Patriots-Saints is more than exhibition " Sports " EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Pats’ Belichick impressed with Saints, happy with practices | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bill Belichick isn’t one to mince his words. So Wednesday, when he waxed poetic about the joint practices between the Saints and his Patriots, everyone’s ears perked up.

MORE LINKS FROM YESTERDAY'S PRACTICE:

Despite Super Bowl win, Saints still see Pats as team to emulate | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
For much of the 2000s, the New England Patriots held a certain aura, a mystique of invincibility. Now the Saints are looking to gain that same feeling.

New Orleans Saints tailback Lynell Hamilton suffers torn ACL | NOLA.com
Injury will end his season

Where do Saints turn for big RB? - NFC South Blog - ESPN

NFL.com news: Saints RB shuffle: Hamilton injures right knee, but Bush returns
New Orleans Saints running back Lynell Hamilton left practice Wednesday after injuring his right knee.

Saints’ Gay turns referee, draws ire of Pats’ Brady | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Randall Gay stared at the side official in disbelief, wondering why no call was made on a pass from Tom Brady to Wes Welker.

New Orleans Saints CB Randall Gay having fun against former teammates | NOLA.com
'It gets a bit old messing with the same people every day'

Saints on guard with Evans - The Boston Globe
"Look, Jahri Evans had been a really good player for us the four years he’s been with us,’’ said Loomis, on hand as the Saints trained with the Patriots yesterday. "He was a late-round draft pick, and we think he’s the best guard in football — we think he might be the best lineman in football. We didn’t want to risk losing him. We wanted to get him signed.’’

BostonHerald.com - Blogs: Rap Sheet" Blog Archive " Heath Evans has rung up a huge man-hug tally in his return to Foxboro
"All my boys with the Saints have been counting my man-hugs," Evans said with a laugh earlier today. "You know, you just grow to love these guys. You pick up with (Randy) Moss and (Wes) Welker and Kevin (Faulk), and even the coaches. It’s like we never left."

Fredericksburg.com - Title not 'softening' Saints, Bushrod says - page 1 FLS
Bushrod, Saints begin title defense

Saints rookie Woods happy with practices with Patriots | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
The Saints’ coaches yelled for the "regular" defense to rush onto the field and Al Woods missed the message. That sent defensive coordinator Gregg Williams into a screaming bout and yes, Woods got the hint.

New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots emphasize special teams in joint workouts | NOLA.com
Teams work on onside, squib and pooch kickoffs

MISCELLANEOUS:

NFL.com news: Vastly improved Ryan has Falcons poised to catapult Saints
We'll just see about that, Mr. Kirwan. You're going on the Grudge List, Mister.

Agent: Saints interested in bringing back Kendrick Clancy
Clancy has recovered from knee surgery, according to his agent, Ron Del Duca, and has drawn interest from the Saints as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans.

New Orleans Saints camp confidential: Spotlight on left cornerbacks | NOLA.com
Jabari Greer has the starting job locked down and with good reason. Along with Tracy Porter on the other side, Greer is part of one of the better starting cornerback tandems in the NFL.

NFL Team Reports: NFC South - The Trenches - The Trenches - Sporting News
Several times a week, The Trenches will present team reports from Sporting News' 32 NFL correspondents. Check back each day for the latest news on your team.

The Daily Dolphin " Blog Archive " Miami Dolphins talking points: DE Charles Grant a worthwhile pickup

Report: Former Saints LB Mark Fields arrested for suspicion of beating his wife

2theadvocate.com | Saints | Ex-Saints OL Nesbit sues NFL over suspension — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW YORK — An NFL lineman who lost his starting job while serving a drug suspension filed suit against the league in federal court Wednesday, claiming it knew the weight-loss supplement StarCaps contained a banned substance but didn’t tell players.

Benson Tower opening set for mid-December | NOLA.com
State agencies to move in when renovations are done

LSED seeks to close part of LaSalle Street by Superdome | NOLA.com
Group also resolves to honor Bill Curl, late Dave Dixon

VIDEO:

Will the New Orleans Saints remain among the NFL's elite?

Heath Evans talks about similarities in New Orleans Saints coach and New England's Bill Belichik

The linemen might have gotten more out of the Saints and Patriots practices

New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots practice was two heavyweights going at it

Fantasy football video: Breaking down the running back position
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