In one more calendar day, the Saints will take the field as defending Super Bowl champions for the first time in an NFL regular season. But to get you the fan to that point, why don't you sit back, relax and read some Saints Linkage.

The Saints made a few moves in the offseason on defense and they're hoping it makes a difference in the run game.

In the Numbers:'s weekly look out of the box at some interesting numbers for the Saints' weekly matchup. This week - The Saints look to improve their opening day record.

Drew Brees wants fans to chant 'Who Dat' at a certain time before the game.

Elsewhere around the web:
Les East writes that Drew Brees is constantly working to improve.

East also writes that the Saints are still the NFCSouth's best.

The Saints are issuing warnings for fans about traffic prior to Thursday's game.

Barry Wilner of the Associated Press says that surprise is a key to success for onsides kicks.

Glenn Guilbeau of Gannett writes that Drew Brees doesn't have a Super Bowl hangover. In fract, far from it.

Jim Mashek of the Biloxi Sun Herald says the Saints plan to 'storm the castle.'

Jason Munz of the Hattiesburg American believes Saints-Vikings 2K10 2.0 will be another fierce rematch.

Casey Gisclair of the Tri-Parish Times previews the Saints-Vikings game.

Jeff Duncan of the T-P/ syndicate writes that Percy Harvin and Reggie Bush are keys to Thursday's game.

Bob Fortus of the T-P/ group explains the NFL's new crowd noise rules.

Nationally speaking:
The Saints are ranked No. 2 in's power rankings.

Kevin Seifert of writes about how the Vikings are going to try to beat the Saints' pressure.

Pat Yasinskas of ranks the running backs of the NFC South.

Alex Marvez of says that Brett Favre and the Saints are bracing for another collision.

Brian Billick of talks about the Saints' road to repeat.

Ray Glier of AOL Fanhouse says the time is right for Reggie Bush.

About the Vikings:
Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press writes that the Vikings are still bitter about the NFCchampionship game loss.

Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press says that the Saints take all the credit for Minnesota's turnovers in the title game.

Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wonders if the party will end on Bourbon Street.

Judd Zulgad of the Star-Tribune writes that the Vikings are going to try to keep the Saints offense off the field.

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