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The offense looked sharp in the early going with quarterback Drew Brees and the first team carving up the Raiders defense. Brees was 15-of-23 for 189 yards. He led them to within scoring position three times and three times they scored.

The Raiders bounced back well offensively after a flat performance at San Francisco last week, but their defense continued to be leaky in the third (and most important) preseason game.

Though he has three years left on a six-year, $36 million contract, Briggs confirmed without elaboration to the Chicago Tribune on Saturday that he recently broached the subject of a pay raise with the Bears. And he apparently will demand a trade if he doesn’t have a new deal by the end of the season.

If not for that torn ligament, Brees might not have played for Purdue University and led the Boilermakers to their only Rose Bowl appearance since 1967. By extension, New Orleans might not have signed Brees to a six-year contract and gone on to win the Super Bowl in 2010.

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