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Fleur-De-Links - Saturday, October 2nd: Running on Empty?

Good afternoon, Saints fans!  I hope this post finds you all well on this fine first Saturday in October.  We have great Fall weather here - low in the upper 40s overnight, with a high of 69 today.  NICE!  Great weather for sitting inside and putting this post together while college football is on the TV.

This week brings us lots of questions.  Who will kick for the Saints?  How is Drew Brees' knee?  Can Pierre suit up and give us any sort of rushing game, or will it fall to aged, semi-injured, and/or unproven talent in the backfield?  Will the "D" be able to stop Carolina on 3rd down?  Will we score more than 30 points ever again?

Hopefully these tweets, links and videos can help us get a handle on these questions and much more as we prepare for tomorrow's gameday.  

Enjoy the jump as well as the wealth of information that follows...


JeremyShockey just got done with my Exer-Rest treatment feeel great... Now some food and ????
JeremyShockey Just picked up my New Datman shirt, had to get a new one. The old one got washed to many times, Hope this one..
HeathEvans Gotta go get n a suit & tie 4 coach Paytons charity function 2nite. If he wasnt my coach I'd b wearing jeans,white T, & flip flops!! #fb
bobbymccray Finally finishing up my last season of the L word..
JonVilma51 judging by my wall posts, i'd say EVERYBODY'S ready for some football!!
j_bushrod7475 At k pauls wit the fam
usama_young28 Been a productive day. Time to kick my feet up. Hmmmm, u kno what...I think I'm gonna see Wall Street. Any reviews?
ChaseDaniel Going to see social network! Anyone seen it yet??
ChaseDaniel Big weekend coming gets here tomorrow, big game Sunday and my birthday next Thursday!
alexbrown96 Coach Payton at the Black and Gold Gala.
T_Porter22 Another productive day in the books...time for some shut eye now...I will get at y'all early in the AM. Say ur prayers everyone! #goodnight
ltorrence24 Never give up... Don't loose hope, don't loose faith! Remember God is in control!
alexbrown96 Absolutely awesome 4 Mike Peterson he is prob the best "football player" i have played with "instinctive" @onlygators: -
BillyMiller83 Good job tonight Westlake high still #1 in the state of Cali although Oaks Christian has some players!
reggie_bush Rise in Shine! Have a blessed day
T_Porter22 Tweeters what's good this AM? Well I assume good so far bc the man upstairs allowed us to wake up! But u tell me?

Saints - Panters

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams reviews Atlanta loss, previews Carolina game |
Triplett - Williams assesses the run game, pass rush and talks about facing rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen, among other topics.

New Orleans Saints out to avoid missed opportunities against Carolina Panthers |
B A-W's Saturday musings on WTF with the Saints. | Saints | Time Out for October 1, 2010 — Baton Rouge, LA
Sheldon Mickles - Thursday notebook. | Saints have bad taste in mouth after loss
Les East, getting over a loss, and the Friday notes. And if I swallow anything evil, put your finger down my throat...

New Orleans Saints' Lance Moore re-emerges as threat |
John DeShazier - But he knows someone else can have hot hand tomorrow.

Final Word NFC 2010 Week 4 - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Pat Y, of course.

Saints Wrap Up Preparations For Carolina |
Staff report.

Saints-Panthers Preview |
Series, broadcast and game information.

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas questionable vs. Carolina Panthers |
James Varney - DeShawn Wynn might be activated Saturday.

RB Thomas likely out, K Carney in for New Orleans Saints against Carolina Panthers
B A-W: Saints notebook from our boy...

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers final injury report |
James Varney - Coach 'hopeful' Pierre Thomas, Roman Harper will play Sunday.

Checking the injuries that matter most - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Pat Y's look at the injury situation of the division.


Panters - Saints

What to watch: Panthers at Saints |
Bryan Strickland

Saints a bit beat-up, but still marching -
Joseph Person - Hangovers are as much a New Orleans tradition as the French Quarter and the hurricane drinks that contributed to them. (HansDat sez - Don't forget Huge A** Beers To Go!)

Foxhole: Beason, Brees play lead roles |

John Fox's post-practice comments on Friday.



New Orleans Saints players take sides in college rivalries |
James Varney - It's Greer-Meachem vs. Henderson-Gay; Hartley vs. D. Thomas.

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson to receive Seton Award on Monday |
James Varney - Organization fixtures on charity circuit this weekend.

Saints’ Tennant remembers mother as NFL promotes cancer awareness | | Eye on Black and Gold
Handwerger - Matt Tennant sat at his locker Friday and couldn’t help but smile when asked about his mother Pam. "I hear her in my head all the time," Tennant said. "I know the type of woman she was."


V-Roll Roll Call 

Alex Brown says Saints have to be efficient against the run


Black and Gold Report video: Saints vs. Panthers


New Orleans Saints video mailbag: Is this a must-win game?