NFL Preseason: New Orleans Saints Upend Oakland Raiders, 40-20

Only the New York Giants and the New York Jets remain on the Week 3 schedule. For more, check out the complete 2011 NFL preseason schedule.

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Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Look Sharp Dominating Oakland Raiders

The New Orleans Saints are ready for the 2011 season to start -- at least they look like they are. The Saints dominated the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night, 40-20, and they looked good doing it. QB Drew Brees was in three series and the Saints scored on all three series.

The first drive was an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive that took just over four minutes. That drive resulted in RB Mark Ingram punching it in from one yard out. The second drive was also an 11-play, 80-yard drive that took a little over four minutes resulting in a one-yard RB Pierre Thomas touchdown run. The final Brees-led drive went 63 yards over 13 plays and ended in a K Garrett Hartley field goal.

We know the Saints offense is very, very good. They've added Ingram to the mix which bolsters the running game and the rest of the offense should be relatively continuous. Brees lead the Saints through offseason workouts longer and more often than any other team so keep an eye on their offense early in the season to see how much that helped. Judging by the performance in Oakland, that was time well spent in the offseason.

The Saints move to 2-1 on the preseason while the Raiders lose their third straight. 

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Saints Vs. Raiders Final Score: Drew Brees, Chase Daniel Lead New Orleans To 40-20 Victory Over Oakland

The New Orleans Saints are ready for the regular season if we are to believe in their performance on Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders. The Saints picked up a 40-20 victory to improve to 2-1 this preseason. The Raiders are now 0-3.

The Saints went 3-for-3 to start its offense. Drew Brees directed two 80-yard drives that resulted in Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas punching the ball in from the one-yard line. They had to settle for a 33-yard Garrett Hartley field goal after Stanford Routt had excellent coverage on Marques Colston during that drive.

Chase Daniel entered the game for the Saints on their fourth drive and didn't score that time, but he came back in the second half with two touchdown passes. His second one was a 39-yard pass to Adrian Arrington just one play after the Raiders turned the ball over on a lost fumble. Running back Joique Bell had an impressive showing against the backups with 92 yards receiving and 50 yards on the ground.

For the Raiders, Jason Campbell went 12-of-17 for 150 yards and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Derek Hagan. Hagan caught six passes for 121 yards. Rookie Taiwan Jones demonstrated that he belongs on the roster with 81 rushing yards on 13 carries. He had an impressive run after the catch that might have led to a touchdown, but an offensive pass interference call end a potential five-yard touchdown play.

The Saints host the Tennessee Titans to end the preseason while the Raiders visit the Seattle Seahawks.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders Score: New Orleans Running Up The Score, Leads Oakland, 40-20

Even without Drew Brees leading the offense, the New Orleans Saints are still running on all cylinders during the second half of their game against the Oakland Raiders. With less than a quarter left to play, the Saints lead the Raiders, 40-20.

Chase Daniel and Joique Bell are having their own rapport, similar to the one Brees and Jimmy Graham had in the first half. Daniel and Bell hooked up for a huge 60-yard gain After an 18-yard gain brought them to the Raiders' two-yard line, Bell rushed up the middle twice and finally punched it into the end zone. Daniel found Adrian Arrington in the end zone for the successful two-point conversion.

Raiders quarterback Trent Edwards fumbled the ball on third down on the ensuing drive and lost it to the Saints' Junior Galette. Chase Daniel came back in and threw a 39-yard pass to Adrian Arrington for another Saints touchdown. This time Joique Bell ran the ball in for the two-point conversion.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders Score: Chase Daniel Puts New Orleans Back In Lead, 24-20

The Oakland Raiders held a brief lead after Taiwan Jones tied the game at 17. The Oakland defense forced a three-and-out and wasted no time in scoring. Already in Saints territory, the Raiders picked up 23 yards, but needed to settle for a Sebastian Janikowski 39-yard field goal.

But Chase Daniel led the Saints offense right back into the attack. Daniel found Joique Bell for a 32-yard gain and had a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty to put them on Oakland's 18-yard line. Bell then rushed the ball for 15 yards to Oakland's three-yard line. Daniel found Tory Humphrey in the end zone to retake the lead, 24-20.

Even with the first-teamers out, there's still plenty of excitement to be had in this game.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders Score: Taiwan Jones Ties Game With 22-Yard Touchdown Run

The Oakland Raiders didn't waste any time in the second half of their Sunday night game with the New Orleans Saints. Rookie Taiwan Jones, a fourth-round selection, completed an 80-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 17.

Derek Hagan has carried over his strong first half by catching a 31-yard pass from Kyle Boller, who has replaced Jason Campbell as the Raiders' quarterback. Campbell ended his night by throwing an interception in the end zone during the waning seconds of the second quarter. Hagan now has five receptions for 108 yards.

Chase Daniel entered the game in relief of Drew Brees on the Saints' fourth possession in the first half and continues to direct the offense in the second half.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders Halftime Score: New Orleans Offense Rolling With 17-10 Lead

The New Orleans first-team offense looks ready for the start of the regular season, holding a 17-10 lead over the Oakland Raiders at halftime. In the three drives he played, Drew Brees led the Saints to two touchdowns and one field goal. While he didn't throw any touchdowns (15-of-23, 189 yards), Brees developed a rapport with tight end Jimmy Graham, targeting him eight times and completing five passes for 73 yards.

Running backs Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas each came up with a one-yard touchdown run to cap separate 80-yard drives. Garrett Hartley kicked a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter for the latest Saints points.

For the Oakland Raiders, the offense has had its flashes. Jason Campbell connected with Derek Hagan for a 35-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and Sebastian Janikowski put the ball down the middle of the uprights for a 57-yard field goal. An offensive pass interference call negated a nice catch by Taiwain Jones that would have put the Raiders within yards of the end zone with a four downs to go.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders Score: Sebastian Janikowski 57-Yard Field Goal Cuts Into New Orleans Lead

The Oakland Raiders cut into the New Orleans Saints lead with a 57-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski late in the second quarter. However, the Raiders wasted a great chance at scoring with a costly offensive pass interference penalty. They are down, 17-10.

Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell had dumped a three-yard pass off to Taiwan Jones, who broke away and brought the Raiders to within five yards of the end zone. However, Brandon Myers delivered an across-the-body block, resulting in an offensive pass interference call. Campbell came up short on 3rd-and-14, connecting with Derek Hagan for just eight yards. Janikowski came in for the field goal, nailing it down the middle from 57 yards out.

Earlier on the drive, Campbell had a pass deflected by a Saints defensive lineman. The ball wound up in offensive tackle Stephon Heyer's hands, which he ran for a 14-yard gain.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders Score: Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham Connect On Drive, But Settle For Field Goal

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are a juggernaut--at least against the Oakland Raiders on this Sunday evening. The Saints have scored on their first three drives of the game and lead midway through the second quarter, 17-7.

After the Oakland Raiders punted the ball early in the second quarter, Brees took control of the offense at his own 22-yard line. He spread the ball around to his receivers, but came up with several sharp plays with tight end Jimmy Graham, including a 19-yard reception that put them in the red zone. On a 2nd-and-10 at the Raiders' 15-yard line, Brees had his best chance with a pass to Marques Colston, but Stanford Routt was all over the receiver and broke the pass up. 

The Saints settled for a Garrett Hartley 33-yard field goal. They now lead the Raiders, 17-7, in the second quarter.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders Score: Pierre Thomas Vaults Into End Zone For 14-7 New Orleans Lead

The New Orleans Saints are a perfect 2-for-2 on drives in their Sunday night game against the Oakland Raiders. After Mark Ingram rushed into the end zone during the game's opening drive, Drew Brees directed another drive down the field that saw another running back punch the ball into the end zone for a 14-7 lead.

Brees found Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem for a 23-yard reception each to lead the Saints deep into Raiders territory. A nine-yard pass to Marques Colston put them at the goal line. After an Oakland timeout, Pierre Thomas leaped over the scrum at the line of scrimmage for the one-yard touchdown.

At the end of the first quarter, the Saints lead the Raiders, 14-7.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders Score: New Orleans, Oakland Exchange Touchdowns Early On

The New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders, tied at seven, certainly look ready for the regular season if their first quarter play on Sunday is an indication of things to come. Drew Brees led the Saints to an opening drive touchdown. On the first play from scrimmage, Brees hit Devery Henderson for a 37-yard gain. He finished the drive 7-of-9 for 80 yards before Mark Ingram rushed one yard for a touchdown.

The Raiders wasted no time in coming back from the early deficit. Jason Campbell found Derek Hagan for a 35-yard touchdown pass to complete an 11-play, 91-yard drive. Campbell went 4-of-5 for 56 yards. Running back Michael Bush had several key runs and picked up 32 yards on five carries.

For anyone hoping to get a glimpse of the Raiders' Terrelle Pryor, they will need to wait until the final preseason game.

For more on the Saints head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride. Follow the rest of preseason Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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Saints Vs. Raiders: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

Eight days after fan violence marred the Oakland Raiders-San Francisco 49ers preseason game at Candlestick Park, the Raiders will host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.

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Byron Leftwich Injury: Pittsburgh Steelers Backup QB Suffers Broken Arm

The Pittsburgh Steelers took a hit at quarterback on Saturday night as backup Byron Leftwich suffered a broken arm in a 34-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. While Ben Roethlisberger is firmly entrenched as the starter, Leftwich had been the backup, with Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch also in the mix during the preseason. With Leftwich out, both are likely assured roster spots, and will battle for the backup job.

Leftwich went down hard in the second half, reaching out with his left arm to break his fall. At the time, it appeared as though he may have suffered some kind of left wrist injury, though we later learned he'd broken his arm.

The news is not good for Leftwich, according to Steelers' beat writer Ed Bouchette. While nothing is official, Bouchette expects Leftwich to head to injured reserve, ending his season.

With Leftwich out, the Steelers quarterback situation is more fluid than before, and the final preseason game will likely be used to see what they have in Dixon and Batch. Both players will likely see only limited time during the season, and only in the even something happens to Roethlisberger.

Leftwich completed one pass for 11 yards on Saturday night before going down with an injury.

For more on the Falcons visit The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta. Check out Behind the Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh for more on the Steelers. Visit SB Nation NFL for more on Week 3 of the preseason.

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Wes Welker Injury: New England Patriots WR Leaves Game With Neck Injury, Says He's Fine

The New England Patriots received a scare on Saturday night as Wes Welker left the game with an apparent neck injury. Welker was removed from the game in the second quarter after attempting to make a tackle following a Tom Brady interception. He didn't return following the play, and it was later announced he'd suffered a neck injury.

While any injury involving the word neck can be scary, Welker briefly mentioned that he'd be fine following the game. Here's the brief statement from Boston Herald writer Karen Gurgeian.

Wes welker just walked out. He said he was okay.

Still, Welker is worth keeping an eye on. Neck injuries are always serious business, and he will likely be examined further on Sunday. But for now, it appears the Patriots, and Brady, can breathe a sigh of relief.

Welker caught a 44-yard touchdown pass and finished with three catches for 71 yards, leading all receivers, in the Patriots 34-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.

For more on the Patriots, head over to Pats Pulpit. For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. Follow the rest of preseason week two at SB Nation NFL.

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Patriots Vs. Lions: Matt Stafford Impressive, Detroit Dominant In 34-10 Win

It's just a preseason game, but the Detroit Lions 34-10 win over the New England Patriots on Saturday has to be encouraging for fans of the oft-maligned franchised. The Lions came storming out of the gate and never looked back, establishing a 27-10 lead by halftime and adding a fourth quarter touchdown for good measure.

Matthew Stafford was outstanding in the first half, completing 12 of 14 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford found Nate Burleson for a first yard touchdown before finding Tony Scheffler and Aaron Brown for second quarter touchdowns, padding the Lions lead at the time. Drew Stanton added the final touchdown of the game, hitting Derrick Williams for four yards and the score in the final quarter.

Tom Brady completed 12 of 22 passes for 145 yards while throwing a touchdown and an interception. Brady and Wes Welker connected for a 44-yard touchdown in the second quarter to cut the Lions' lead to 17-10. But that was as close as the Patriots would get.

For more on the Patriots, head over to Pats Pulpit. For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. Follow the rest of preseason week two at SB Nation NFL.

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Jaguars Vs. Bills Final Score: Overtime Field Goal Gives Buffalo The Win, 35-32

It took nearly 12 minutes of overtime, but the Buffalo Bills finally edged the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night, 35-32. Rian Lindell nailed a 40-yard field goal with just over three minutes left in the extra frame after the Bills tied the score with under a minute to go in regulation with a touchdown and two-point conversion, setting up the always exciting preseason overtime.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was solid for the Bills, completing 11 of 12 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Thigpen wasn't so solid, completing 12 of 28 passes for 101 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but did find Paul Hubbard in the end zone with time winding down to tie the game. Bruce Hall carried the ball seven times for 33 yards and a score. Steve Johnson led all receivers with four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.

David Garrard struggled for the Jags, completing 11 of 21 passes for 106 yards. Blaine Gabbert completed six of 13 passes for 52 yards, a touchdown and an interception in relief. Brock Bolen rushed for a touchdown and DuJuan Harris caught a touchdown in the loss.

For more on the Bills head over to Buffalo Rumblings. For more on the Jaguars, check out Big Cat Country. Follow the rest of preseason week three at SB Nation NFL.

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Falcons Vs. Steelers Final Score: Antonio Brown Explosive In 34-16 Win

Antonio Brown is quickly becoming a star, and if Saturday was any indication, he's poised for a big year. Brown caught two touchdown passes and led all receivers as the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Atlanta Falcons, 34-16. He only caught four balls, but showed off a game-breaking ability, finding the end zone from 77 and 44 yards out in the first half.

Ben Roethlisberger benefited from Brown's big play ability, completing 11 of 16 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Brown finished the game with four catches for 136 yards and the aforementioned two touchdowns. Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball seven times for eight yards, but also found the end zone on a one-yard plunge.

Matt Ryan got his work in for the Falcons, completing 22 of 42 passes for 220 yards,one touchdown and one interception. Roddy White caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, serving as Ryan's favorite target once again. Jacquizz Rodgers led all rushers with seven carries for 38 yards in the loss.

For more on the Falcons visit The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta. Check out Behind the Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh for more on the Steelers. Visit SB Nation NFL for more on Week 3 of the preseason.

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Desmond Clark Injury: Chicago Bears TE Leaves With 'Serious' Knee Injury

Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark will not return on Saturday night after going down with what was deemed as a "serious" knee injury. Clark left the game in the fourth quarter after taking a big blow to his left knee by Tennessee Titans safety Anthony Smith. After staying down on the turf, a cart was needed to take him off the field and into the locker room.

According to the Fox broadcast, Clark will undergo further examination and will not return. The report, passed along by Bears Insider, could be bad news for the NFL veteran.

Fox sideline report says #Bears TE Desmond Clark has a "serious" knee injury. Doesn't sound promising.

While it's too early to speculate, the impact to Clark's knee did not look good. The fact he was unable to walk off the field, or put weight on his knee, is none too promising, as well. We'll be back with more as it becomes available.

For more on the Bears visit Windy City Gridiron and SB Nation Chicago. Check out Music City Miracles for more on the Titans. Visit SB Nation NFL for more on Week 3 of the preseason.

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Texans Vs. 49ers Score: Matt Schaub Leads Houston To Halftime Lead, 24-7

Outside of Arian Foster's hamstring injury, it's been a successful first half for the Houston Texans. At the half, the Texans lead the San Francisco 49ers, 24-7. Matt Schaub has been stellar, Foster was effective before his injury and the Houston offense is firing on all cylinders.

Schaub completed 14 of 22 passes for 168 yards with a touchdown and interception in the first half. His lone touchdown pass came when he found Owen Daniels for 12 yards and a score in the second quarter. Before Foster left the game, he had carried the ball eight times for 38 yards, with backfield mate Derrick Ward adding a rushing touchdown. The Houston defense got in on the act, as well, with Troy Nolan taking an interception return back 73 yards for the touchdown.

Alex Smith completed just two of five passes for 16 yards and an interception as the San Francisco quarterback problem continued to fester. Colin Kaepernick didn't fare much better, completing one of seven passes for 17 yards while also throwing an interception. Kendall Hunter carried the ball six times for 34 yards in the half.

For more on the Niners head over to Niners Nation. For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog. Follow the rest of preseason week two at SB Nation NFL.

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Dolphins Vs. Bucs Score: Miami, Tampa Bay Knotted In The Third, 10-10

It's all tied up at Raymond James Stadium as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins battled in the third week of the NFL preseason. The Dolphins and Bucs traded scores over the first two scores, with Tampa Bay scoring first and Jacksonville answering a short time later. The roles were reversed in the second quarter as the Buccaneers found the end zone and the Dolphins answering with a field goal to knot the score at 10, where it's remained since.

Josh Freeman started for the Bucs, completing 14 of 28 passes for 183 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Earnest Graham scored on a one-yard run, but has just three carries for five yards. LeGarrette Blount caught three passes for 62 yards.

Chad Henne has been solid for the Dolphins, completing 10 of 13 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Marshall was the recipient of the touchdown pass, outrunning the defense for 60 yards and the score in the first quarter. Daniel Thomas has three carries for 12 yards through three quarters.

For more on the Dolphins visit The Phinsider. Check out Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay for more on the Bucs. Visit SB Nation NFL for more on Week 3 of the preseason.

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Arian Foster Injury: Houston Texans RB Leaves Game With Hamstring Injury

Bad news for the Houston Texans: Arian Foster was forced to leave Saturday night's preseason game with a leg injury. Foster left the game holding the back of his left leg and looked to be in quite a bit of discomfort as he hobbled off the field. It is unlikely he will return on Saturday night as the Texans battle the San Francisco 49ers.

According to Jason Lacanfora, this may be it for Foster's preseason, though nothing has been confirmed.

Texans calling Arian Foster's injury a hamstring tweak for now. My hunch is don't expect to see him again til the season opener vs. Colts

It's likely Foster will be held out as a precaution, though his injury may not be serious. With any hamstring injury, the risk of lingering issues is high, and it's always better to err on the side of caution. The extent of his injury is still unknown, but with another week of preseason before the Texans open the season against the Indianapolis Colts, Foster still has plenty of time to heal.

We'll be back with more as it becomes available.

For more on the Niners head over to Niners Nation. For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog. Follow the rest of preseason week two at SB Nation NFL.

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Falcons Vs. Steelers Score: Ben Roethlisberger Hits Antonio Brown For Long Touchdown

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons are battling back-and-forth at Heinz Field, trading scores throughout the first two quarters. Pittsburgh drew first blood on a one-yard Rashard Mendenhall touchdown run in the first before adding a field goal to push the score to 10-0. But Atlanta had an answer, scoring twice to level the score midway through the second quarter.

A Matt Bryant field goal in the first was followed by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White as the Falcons clawed right back to tie it up. Ryan has thrown 25 passes in the first half, connecting on 14 for 140 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Ben Roethlisberger answered for the Steelers, finding Antonio Brown for 77 yards and the touchdown to reclaim the lead. Brown showed off his speed, outrunning the defense for the huge play. For the night, Brown already has three catches for 93 yards and a score.

With just under six minutes to go in the second quarter, the Steelers lead the Falcons, 17-10.

For more on the Falcons visit The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta. Check out Behind the Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh for more on the Steelers. Visit SB Nation NFL for more on Week 3 of the preseason.

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Patriots Vs. Lions Score: Matthew Stafford Comes Out Firing

The Detroit Lions fired out of the blocks on Saturday, taking an early 10-0 lead over the New England Patriots. Detroit starter Matthew Stafford has been nearly perfect thus far, missing on only one pass and throwing for the touchdown while propelling the Lions into the lead. Stafford has put on a show, spreading the ball around and carving up the Patriots defense in the process.

Stafford is seven of eight for 123 yards and a touchdown through the first eight minutes, leading the Lions to a field goal and touchdown the first two times they had the ball. The second drive concluded with a nine-yard strike to Nate Burleson for the touchdown. For the game, Burleson has two catches for 46 yards and Jerome Harrison has two for 51 yards.

On the other side of the ball, it's been slow going for the Patriots. Tom Brady is two of five for 24 yards, with Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead each making catches. The ground game has been nearly non-existent as the Patriots have carried the ball four times for just six yards thus far.

For more on the Patriots, head over to Pats Pulpit. For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. Follow the rest of preseason week two at SB Nation NFL.

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Maurkice Pouncey Injury: Pittsburgh Steelers Lineman Limps Off With Ankle Injury

Maurkice Pouncey didn't last long on Saturday night, limping off the field in the first quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers battled the Atlanta Falcons. Pouncey went to the ground after apparently injuring his ankle, staying down for a few moments before hobbling off the field. It appeared he was rolled up on by one of his own teammates during the play.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the injury did not appear to be serious, though there's been no official word on what ails the Steelers' lineman.

Steelers' scare with Maurkice Pouncey limping off with ankle injury. Probably not serious but he lingered on ground for a few seconds.

Trainers were seen attending to Pouncey on the sideline after he removed his left shoe. His return is questionable, and it's unlikely the Steelers try to push him back into action on Saturday. This is, after all, the preseason.

For the latest on the game, stay with this StoryStream. For more on the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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Cowboys To Hold Andre Gurode Out; Cite "Business Decision"

The Dallas Cowboys are holding veteran center Andre Gurode out of tonight's preseason game with the Minnesota Vikings, Vice-President Stephen Jones telling the team's official website that it was a "business decision".

"He got pushed," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of Gurode, the longest-tenured member of the team. The 33-year-old Gurode is due $5.5 million in base salary and the club likely does not want to expose him to injury. Gurode opened up training camp with a minor knee injury, but is healthy right now.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Gurode was in a training camp competition for his starting job with Phil Costa, a second-year free agent who has apparently won that battle. Costa is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks with a sprained PCL

"We like him a lot," Garrett said of Costa according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He's done a very good job, a very good job for us since he's been here. He made a very strong impression on us right at the outset last year as a free agent. We call him a little bit of a bulldog. He'll fight every down from the snap to the whistle and sometimes afterward. When you have guys on your football team like that, that's a real good thing."

Undrafted rookie Kevin Kowalski is expected to start at center tonight.


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NFL Preseason Schedule: Saturday Night Missing Jets Vs. Giants Due To Hurricane Irene

The NFL preseason's third week is typically the best of the preseason games as players have usually worked themselves back into game shape and the starters are given quite a few reps before taking it easy the week before the regular season begins. That has been the case thus far this week, too, and shouldn't change for the nine games on tap for Saturday night's NFL preseason schedule.

There were originally 10 games scheduled for Saturday night, but the threat of Hurricane Irene postponed a game in New York, meaning that the scheduled meeting featuring the Jets vs. Giants won't take place until Monday night.

Instead of tuning in for the Battle of New York, most football fans planning to stay in on Friday night will be subject to a game between the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions. Not because that's what everyone will have their satellite feed tuned to, but rather because the Patriots vs. Lions game is scheduled to be nationally broadcast on CBS.

For a full list of the remaining games on Saturday night, as well as the channels they will be shown on, be sure to check out the individual articles in this StoryStream.

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Chargers Vs. Cardinals: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

The Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers renew their semi-annual preseason rivalry at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday night.

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Patriots Vs. Lions: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

Both the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions have showed promise this preseason. But which team will keep its record unsullied?

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Seahawks Vs. Broncos: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

Tim Tebow's slipped well back of his dream of being a starting quarterback in the NFL. The Seahawks, meanwhile, hope they have a starter on their roster.

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Cowboys Vs. Vikings: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

Tony Romo looks to continue his return from a season-ending injury against the Vikings, while Donovan McNabb gets his first home start in Minnesota.

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Bears Vs. Titans: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

The Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans are in Nashville this weekend for a preseason contest. For more on the Bears visit Windy City Gridiron and SB Nation Chicago. Check out Music City Miracles for more on the Titans. Visit SB Nation NFL for more on Week 3 of the preseason.

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Dolphins Vs. Bucs: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

The Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an intrastate clash during Week 3 of the preseason For more on the Dolphins visit The Phinsider. Check out Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay for more on the Bucs. Visit SB Nation NFL for more on Week 3 of the preseason.

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Falcons Vs. Steelers: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

The Atlanta Falcons and the Pittsburgh Steelers play on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Heinz Field during Week 3 of the preseason. For more on the Falcons visit The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta. Check out Behind the Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh for more on the Steelers. Visit SB Nation NFL for more on Week 3 of the preseason.

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Jaguars Vs. Bills: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

The Buffalo Bills will host the David Garrard and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night. For Jags LB Paul Posluszny, it'll be a chance to square off against his former team.

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Texans Vs. 49ers: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

The 49ers are still trying to get settled on offense heading into their third preseason game, while the Texans are looking to improve what has been a porous defense.

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