Patriots, Saints revved up for scrimmage

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady against Drew Brees? Yes, please.

Pro Bowl tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham competing on opposite teams? Sure.

Two playoff contenders going head-to-head in practice? Let's do it!

There's a lot to look forward to in Tuesday's intra-squad scrimmage between the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. It’s a great opportunity and a change of pace for both teams to practice against someone else before Thursday's preseason game at Gillette Stadium.

Field Yates of ESPN Boston takes a look at the interesting subplots to look out for this week. Personally, I'm most curious to see how New England's 31st-ranked defense competes against one of the top offenses and quarterbacks in the league. It will be a good, early gauge to see how much New England's defense has improved.

Remember to follow us on Twitter here for live updates from the Patriots' scrimmage against the Saints. We also will have a report in the AFC East blog this evening following practice and media interviews.