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Saints Preseason News, 8/16/13: Black & Gold vs. Silver & Black Tonight in the Dome!

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The Saints host the Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome tonight in preseason week 2 gridiron "let's evaluate our guys" action. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm CT. It will be be regionally televised by Cox Sports Television, as well as locally on WVUE-FOX8.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thankful for another opportunity to play in The Dome! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23homefield&amp;src=hash">#homefield</a></p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/368468119863300096">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton says Saints aren&#39;t motivated by the bounty case <a href="http://t.co/y1o1MGTIRj">http://t.co/y1o1MGTIRj</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/368439980374228992">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Inside the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> locker room (PHOTOS) <a href="http://t.co/n3hH4uIliu">http://t.co/n3hH4uIliu</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OAKvsNO&amp;src=hash">#OAKvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/368461143515217921">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Reminder: info on the new <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> stadium bag policy-&gt; <a href="http://t.co/eG7x9gxwHk">http://t.co/eG7x9gxwHk</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/368455470651932672">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just got my first JJ delivery to the house in 13 min from 7621 Maple St Uptown. Freaky fast! Pre game snack! <a href="http://t.co/qGfiji3fd0">pic.twitter.com/qGfiji3fd0</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/statuses/368449731766153216">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Excited to expand my role at <a href="https://twitter.com/FOXSports">@FOXSports</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FOXSports1">@FOXSports1</a> &amp; get busy on the dotcom side too!&#10;<a href="http://t.co/1864PmZjqO">pic.twitter.com/1864PmZjqO</a></p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/statuses/368448278150393856">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast previewing tonight&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> game. LISTEN: <a href="http://t.co/ihXgsudS1B">http://t.co/ihXgsudS1B</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OAKvsNO&amp;src=hash">#OAKvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/368447107167821825">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Source close to the situation tells me - for those who care in the preseason - white jerseys and gold pants tonight for the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/368446817161080832">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton says Saints aren&#39;t motivated by the bounty case <a href="http://t.co/y1o1MGTIRj">http://t.co/y1o1MGTIRj</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/368439980374228992">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>End of an era... <a href="http://t.co/pLAVcE5iIp">pic.twitter.com/pLAVcE5iIp</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/368438526313910272">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Celebrating another day in the great Northwest! &#10; <a href="http://t.co/ulnViu53ok">http://t.co/ulnViu53ok</a> &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23olympia&amp;src=hash">#olympia</a>&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23itwasemptypeople&amp;src=hash">#itwasemptypeople</a>&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@team_gleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason/statuses/368429332953579520">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Never Let Your Problems Get Louder Then Your Prayers! Can&#39;t Wait to Be Back! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BLESSED&amp;src=hash">#BLESSED</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/368417563002155010">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Love, love, love game day!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23evenpreseason&amp;src=hash">#evenpreseason</a></p>&mdash; Nola Chick (@chicksndahuddle) <a href="https://twitter.com/chicksndahuddle/statuses/368417016577007617">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FREELANCER16&amp;src=hash">#FREELANCER16</a> shirts are flying off the shelves! Order now &amp; the next 10 will get a cool gift <a href="http://t.co/du5Diaxi0Q">http://t.co/du5Diaxi0Q</a> <a href="http://t.co/U0W7eihB1I">pic.twitter.com/U0W7eihB1I</a></p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/368411557035655169">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Randomly flicking through channels and I see none other than <a href="https://twitter.com/JemmyeMTV">@JemmyeMTV</a> as I stop on MTV. Random but cool lol</p>&mdash; Joseph Morgan (@jmthegreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat/statuses/368411021691461632">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Calling all WHO DATS! in Lake Charles, I&#39;m at the following Walmarts today and tomorrow, come on out and kick off your pregrame!</p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/statuses/368410647869943809">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Game day!!!!</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/368410498774999042">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Game day!!!!</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/368410498774999042">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Proud to introduce Kylie Belle Thomas!&#10;&#10;8lbs. 5oz. 20in.&#10;&#10;Her and <a href="https://twitter.com/KassidyKThomas">@KassidyKThomas</a> are doing great! <a href="http://t.co/zUL3gBp7eL">pic.twitter.com/zUL3gBp7eL</a></p>&mdash; David Thomas (@DavidThomas_85) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidThomas_85/statuses/368394807409790977">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jonathan Vilma focused on rehab, cheering on his teammates <a href="http://t.co/2M6ICiKNG5">http://t.co/2M6ICiKNG5</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/368391253966065664">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/UberFacts">@UberFacts</a>: Studies show key to happiness is spending money on experiences not possessions"&#10;&#10;So, Whose coming to the game tonight? <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/statuses/368365625229324288">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Time to grind away at rehab then cheer my boys on tonight! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/statuses/368344743304245248">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Raiders @ Saints Tonight!

New Orleans Saints vs Oakland Raiders Broadcast Information
New Orleans Saints vs Oakland Raiders will be be regionally televised by Cox Sports Television, as well as locally on WVUE-FOX8

Sean Payton: "this is an important game for a lot of guys"
Sean Payton met with media post practice on Thursday

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton looking for improvement vs. Oakland Raiders | NOLA.com
Payton said this is an important game with starters expected to receive more snaps

New Orleans Saints vs Oakland Raiders: six things to watch
Sean Payton said QB Seneca Wallace will play in the second phase of Friday's game

New Orleans Saints LBs David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber hope to make impact Friday night
David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber look to fill the void during Jonathan Vilma's absence

Humber, Hawthorne ready to make best of opportunity with Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne have spent much of the Saints’ preseason bouncing between first- and second-team repetitions during practice. Friday night, it’s possible both start for New Orleans against Oakland.

Saints’ special teams top list of things to watch against Raiders | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After permitting a 55-yard punt return and a 79-yard kickoff return in a 17-13 win against the Kansas City Chiefs a week ago, the New Orlea…

Five players to watch during tonight's Saints-Raiders preseason game | NOLA.com
Steve Breaston, Tim Lelito among players to keep an eye on tonight

The five most important useless facts about the Oakland Raiders | For The Win
The franchise hasn't had a ton of victories on the gridiron in the past decade, but at least they'd be able to put together one of the NFL's most dangerous pickup hoops teams.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen set to face former boss Sean Payton | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Dennis Allen didn’t get a chance to match wits against his former boss when New Orleans visited Oakland last season. Sean Payto…

Raiders vs. Saints: 5 Players to Watch for New Orleans in Preseason Week 2 - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The New Orleans Saints enter a preseason Week 2 contest with the Oakland Raiders poised for another strong showing after a convincing win over the Kansas City Chiefs a week ago.

Saints Nation: Five Things to Look for with Raiders at Saints | August | 2013 Articles

Watch the New Orleans Saints vs Oakland Raiders game live online
See how you can watch the New Orleans Saints battle the Oakland Raiders online - live or on-demand!

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Friday, August 16
The New Orleans Saints battle the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 7 pm CT

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Other Saints News

Payton says Saints aren’t motivated by the bounty case | ProFootballTalk
"We’re driven and motivated to win but it can’t come out of spite or anger towards the league office or the Commissioner," Payton said. "I think it’s something that has to be in the rear view mirror. And our focus has to be on the things we have to do to improve. There’s a lot of areas from a year ago that we have to be better at if we’re going to aspire to do that."

The Kids Are Alright: Saints have plenty of young, soild roster options
Before we look at the draftees, I want to focus on several young players with little or no NFL regular season experience who have improved their chances to make the team, in my opinion:

Evans continues to be the rock of the Saints' offensive line | wwltv.com New Orleans
Jahri Evans slowly walked off the practice field this week, sweat still pouring down his forehead, down his cheeks and on the hard cement.

Black and Gold Today: Linebacker updates, Saints roster battles vs. Raiders, your comments and more - Video | NOLA.com
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints columnist Mike Triplett talk linebackers, backup quarterbacks and preseason game 2 vs. Oakland. Tune in every weekday for your daily snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

Vargas: Jonathan Vilma should be back soon | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
It’s tempting to overreact about New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s knee. But don’t do it, at least not yet. Saints followers h…

Saints' LB Vilma undergoes knee surgery | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has traveled to Philadelphia to have arthroscopic knee surgery, but how long he'll be sidelined remains unclear, coach Sean Payton said Thursday night.

Saint's Inside Linebackers and Mike Triplett - Who Dat Dish
So Jonathan Vilma is having surgery and might miss some time. Mike Triplett is a respected analyst, a great sports writer, and an all-around good guy. He’s also a bit off in his recent article on the Saints inside linebacker situation. The Saints may not be in the best position, and maybe Jonathan Vilma is the best option next to Curtis Lofton, but I believe the Saints have a plan in place.

Drew Brees' jealousy, Tyrann Mathieu and Duck Dynasty return, LSU's talented LBs, and remembering Romig highlight the week | NOLA.com
The week's best quotes and observations from NOLA.com's Sports stories.

Jonathan Vilma focused on rehab, cheering on his teammates
Jonathan Vilma had knee surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia

New Orleans Saints, TeamSmile Bring Cheer to Children
The New Orleans Saints and TeamSmile assisted 250 children from James M. Singleton Charter School on Thursday

New Orleans Saints rookie report: Tim Lelito
Guard Tim Lelito met with NewOrleansSaints.com after Thursday's practice.

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Around the League

Reggie Bush: We should be concerned with preseason performance | ProFootballTalk
"We should be concerned," Bush said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. "We’re better than this. We have to hold ourselves accountable because we need to put points on the board. That’s our job and we didn’t do that."

Vick thanks Chip Kelly for making football fun | ProFootballTalk
Through two weeks of the preseason, Michael Vick is playing very well in Chip Kelly's offense. He's also having a lot of fun. "I’m having fun playing football," Vick said, via CSNPhilly.com. "I fell in love with the game again, and I’m very thankful for that.

Roddy White hurt his ankle on Thursday night | ProFootballTalk
Thursday night's game against the Ravens was a mostly positive one for the Falcons first-teamers, but any smiles will be premature until they get a diagnosis on wide receiver Roddy White. White left the game in the first quarter after injuring his ankle.

Ron Rivera on Panthers’ offense: "I want touchdowns" | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers' first-string offense has been on the field for eight series over two preseason games, resulting in one touchdown, two field goals, one interception and four punts. That's not enough for coach Ron Rivera.

Tom Brady expected to play tonight | ProFootballTalk
Two days after he caused a panic in New England, Tom Brady is apparently going to be on the field tonight. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Patriots are expected to use all three quarterbacks tonight — Brady, Ryan Mallett and Tim Tebow — against the Buccaneers.

Jeff Fisher: Dunbar was "selfish," hurt the team | ProFootballTalk
When Rams running back Isaiah Pead was suspended for one game earlier in the offseason, coach Jeff Fisher said he was disappointed but pleased with the progress he saw from Pead in the aftermath of the arrest that led to the suspension.

Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo lands in hospital with bruised lung, RB Dion Lewis suffers potential season-ending broken leg in 24-6 victory over Lions | cleveland.com
Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo suffered a bruised lung that landed him in the hospital overnight, and running back Dion Lewis suffered a broke left leg that could cost him the season.

Carolina Panthers' defense struggles in 14-9 preseason loss vs. Philadelphia Eagles | CharlotteObserver.com
PHILADELPHIA The only time Philadelphia's fast-paced offense slowed down Thursday was when the Eagles coughed up the ball. The Panthers minimized a shaky defensive performance by forcing three first-half turnovers in a 14-9 loss Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field in their second exhibition.

Report card: Falcons' grades are skewing upward after reserves... | Atlanta Falcons | www.ajc.com
BALTIMORE -- Here are the Falcons’ grades after the reserves collapsed in the fourth quarter of a 27-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Fennelly: No need to exhibit Revis’ skills in preseason | Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton: "important games for a lot of guys"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton chats with reporters after practice on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

VIDEO: Malcolm Jenkins: "Dennis Allen was great for us"
New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, August 15, 2013.