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The Saints and Raiders line it up tonight in the main event of Sunday Night Football on NBC.

For your pre-game enjoyment, I have collected the day's links, tweets, and videos, and guess what? I posted them after the jump.

Dave's got the Open Thread ready to go up 30 minutes before kickoff, so let's use this as our pre-pre-game open thread. How y'all doin' while getting ready for the game? How are you feeling about things?

Vote in the poll, too. I borrowed the question from Ralph's Podcast (but left Kevin's rage behind)...


LanceMoore16 My thoughts and prayers go out to all who have and will be affected by hurricane Irene. Stay strong!

JonVilma51 Hope everyone has made it safe and sound thru Irene

Official_Saints GAMEDAY! Saints & Raiders kickoff tonight at 7 pm CT & it will be nationally televised on NBC! What are your plans?

Mark_Ingram28 Happy Sunday, Thank God for blessing us with every breath we take!

hakimdropsball When #Irene causes a guy to go nuts and cook his girlfriend, then I'll be impressed. #eastcoasthurricanebias

thomasmorstead #whodat whodat whodat say day gonna beat dem #saints Playing @ #raiders tonight on @SNFonNBC National tv to represent New Orleans

Mark_Ingram28 Studying this gameplan before pre-game meal. Excited about the game tonight! #SundayNightFootball #WHODAT

Mark_Ingram28 iPod on Headphones in #vibin #focused

kspainTP jordan jefferson's fall from grace stems from the fight,

Official_Saints Nice weather for tonight RT @SNFonNBC Beautiful day here in the Bay Area. Temp at kick-off in #Oakland expected to be 80-degrees... sunny

HeathEvans WIN tix 2 SAINTS/PACKERS NFL kickoff & help fight sexual abuse! Raffle tix $2!! Winner gets tix/hotel/airfare for 4!

miketripletttp Any issues, questions with my projected 53-man #Saints roster? Let me hear 'em:

miketripletttp I've seen a lot of folks disagreeing with keeping two FBs. That's a tough call, but I definitely expect a total of 5 TEs/FBs in some combo.

miketripletttp In other words, don't expect the #Saints to keep just 3 TEs and 1 FB to bulk up elsewhere ...

miketripletttp Also, some disagreeing with Mitch King as a fifth DT. As I said in the article, that would be temporary if Franklin, Johnson are still hurt.

miketripletttp Joe Morgan, Nate Bussey were the two toughest cuts, but I do think#Saints could get both of them back on practice squad.

miketripletttp A lot of comments that Nate Bussey is valuable on special teams. I think #Saints like FB Korey Hall even better on special teams for now.

miketripletttp RT @shelbywmccarty: why not cobbs over bell and taylor ... Very tough call. Actually had Cobbs first then changed it. Bell has higher upside

miketripletttp Wouldn't be surprised at all if Cobbs earns roster spot, though, especially since he's a standout special teams player.

miketripletttp RT @bobsaints1: was wondering if theyd cut henderson & keep morgan or arrington? ... They clearly value Henderson.

miketripletttp #Saints would've cut Henderson earlier if they needed cap space, but they like him. Plus, may need him if Lance Moore's not ready by Wk 1.

miketripletttp RT @doylejgirouard: Why Humphrey over Lorenzen? ... More experienced/seasoned. They like Lorenzen though so I wouldn't be shocked.

miketripletttp RT @TheFFAddict: what NO RB gets most carries Wk1? ... I could see something like Thomas 13, Ingram 12. But more TD chances for Ingram.

HeathEvans "@AlbertBreer: Hard to believe It's now game wk for major college football programs across the country. I'm just glad I finally get 2 watch!

AlbertBreer @ @HeathEvans Gotta be a pretty different perspective for you these next few weeks ...

JohnnyPatrick32 What's up twitter....

AlbertBreer OK, amended ... sorta ... RT @NBCSNF @AlbertBreer sunday night football tonight Albert - Saints vs Raiders

From the Saints Sideline

Saints-Raiders Broadcast Information |

New Orleans Saints could benefit from a statement victory against Oakland |
Jeff Duncan - Saints' primary goals are to mend and meld.

New Orleans Saints aren't putting added emphasis on third preseason game |
James Varney - No matter the outcome, the team says don't read much into it.

Game Preview: Saints at Raiders |
Saints and Raiders will battle in week three of the preseason on Sunday Aug. 28, at 7 pm CT in Coliseum.

Gameday! Saints @ Raiders - 5 Things to Look For |
Tyler Dupree

Some New Orleans Saints roster spots hinge on health as well as performance |
Mike Triplett - Projecting the final 53-man roster.

Three things: Saints-Raiders - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Three things to watch for in New Orleans' preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Saints FB making most of his chance | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Free agent Jed Collins knows veteran Korey Hall has two things going for him as they battle to be the New Orleans Saints starting fullback when the regular season opens Sept. 8.

Raiders Review

Raiders seek redemption against Brees | Sacramento Bee
Eric Gilmore

Wide receiver Moore impresses Raiders | Sacramento Bee
Eric Gilmore

Three things: Saints vs. Raiders - AFC West Blog |
Bill Williamson - Three things to look for in Oakland's game against visiting New Orleans on Sunday night.

NFC South Scoreboard Game Center: Carolina Panthers 13 at Cincinnati Bengals 24
Includes stats, highlights, play-by-play, and drive charts. Game Center: Atlanta Falcons 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers 34
Includes, stats, highlights, play-by-play, and drive charts. Game Center: Miami Dolphins 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
Includes stats, highlights, play-by-play, and drive charts.

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