I'm excited because this is the first game of the season that I will get to watch live on television (I had to watch last week's game on the rebroadcast). Today, I'll create my annual preseason depth chart to help me learn the players uniform numbers and watch for specific players during the game. After consuming a delicious filet and green salad, and maybe having a pre-game phone call with my Mom and Dad, I'll settle in on the couch with the Mrs. Hans and tune in to the game. Nice.
Watching a Saints preseason game live is just a another sign that we're getting closer to the start of real games. Life is pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good right now.
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LHolderCBS So many ripping new KO rule. Sean Payton isn't one of them. He'll take offenses starting at the 20 . He's seemingly in minority.
LHolderCBS Can't blame Payton considering the Saints offense is typically the best one on the field.
AlbertBreer Was standing pretty close to where West caught that ball. Beautiful toss by Flynn. Every time I see 10, become more convinced he can start.
JohnnyPatrick32 What's up twitter long time no talk....
ConanOBrien There are only three basic stories to tell: Man vs. Man, Man vs. Society, and Webster.
jeffduncantp Just had a fabulous meal at Reef in Houston. Highly, highly recommended.
JasonLaCanfora Taking "football" questions. Haley admitted Baldwin was injury but would not address the nature of the injury when asked repeatedly about...
JasonLaCanfora The fight. Jones was polite and never denied anything took place. But that was extend of what they would say.
From the Saints Sideline
New Orleans Saints offense wants to fire on all cylinders after first-game flop | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Starters will play up to 25 snaps.
Strief tries to make adjustments | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, when the New Orleans Saints break the huddle for the first offensive snap of their preseason game with the Houston Texans, one of the longest weeks of Zach Strief’s life will finally end.
Saints prepare for Texans formations; starters to play more | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - After getting between 14 and 16 plays in their exhibition opener last week, the New Orleans Saints’ starting offense and defense may get as many as 25 snaps Saturday night against the Houston Texans.
Saints place Barron on IR; Porter out for Saturday's game | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - The Saints placed backup tackle Alex Barron on injured reserve Thursday nearly a week after the lineman had surgery to repair his left meniscus.
Galette working to secure roster spot | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - After beating some awfully long odds to earn a roster spot with the New Orleans Saints last summer, defensive end Junior Galette knew he would probably have to work harder this year to keep it.
Saints-Texans Broadcast Information | neworleanssaints.com
Staff report - The New Orleans Saints will face the Houston Texans in week two of the preseason on Saturday Aug. 19, at 7 pm CT in Reliant Stadium.
Texans notes: LB Ryans' status unclear for Saturday - Houston Chronicle
John McClain and Jeffrey Martin
Texans' Adibi finding his place in 3-4 defense | Houston Chronicle
Craig Malveaux (Mulva?) - Coming into the Texans preseason opener against the New York Jets last Saturday night, all eyes were on several defensive players making their debut in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme.
Texans rookie Jean fighting for time to shine | Houston Chronicle
Jeffrey Martin - The underdog - which is what Lestar Jean insists he has always been - said he wakes up every day wondering if his time here is up, if this is when the Texans call him in and tell him it's all over.
This is a perfect preseason test for the Texans, or something like that - SportsJustice | a Chron.com blog
Richard Justice - In some ways, this is a perfect preseason test for the Texans. Incidentally, that’s my analysis, not Gary Kubiak’s. And certainly not Matt Schaub’s. More on him later.
Roof report: Texans vs. Saints | houstontexans.com
Staff Report - Seriously, this is a report about the status of the roof for the Texans-Saints game. I thought Roof was one of their staff writers and this would be a preview column for the game, but boy, was I wrong.
Reviewing film of NFC South chat - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton (and his competition with Jimmy Clausen for the starting job) was the hottest topic in Friday’s NFC South chat.
New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Recap | ESPN.com
Final statistics from the New England vs. Tampa Bay game played on August 18, 2011. Includes play-by-play, drive charts, photos, and highlights.
Carolina Panthers vs. Miami Dolphins - Recap | ESPN.com
Final statistics from the Carolina vs. Miami game played on August 19, 2011. Includes play-by-play, drive charts, photos, and highlights.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - Recap | ESPN.com
Final statistics from the Atlanta vs. Jacksonville game played on August 19, 2011. Includes play-by-play, drive charts, photos, and highlights.
Fox: Broncos' QB rotation vs. Bills will be 'game-time decision' | nfl.com
Associated Press - If Brady Quinn has leapfrogged Tim Tebow on the Denver Broncos' depth chart, coach John Fox isn't saying.