New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans
The New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans meet on Saturday for a week three NFL Preseason game in the Superdome. The Saints are -4 point favorites over the Texans with an over/under point total set at 43.5.
The New Orleans Saints are a team thinking Super Bowl this season and while this is their fourth preseason game, they don’t appear to be in any hurry to overwork their players in game conditions. Drew Brees has completed close to 70 percent of his throws thus far but we have seen far more of Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield than Brees. Pierre Thomas is averaging 8.0 yards per carry, and Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles haven’t carried the ball much as the Saints have been banged up in the backfield the past several seasons. The Saints have been throwing it around but it has been guys like Travis Cadet and Courtney Roby getting the attention as Devery Henderson has four catches and Marques Colston has two. Defensively Curtis Lofton leads the Saints with 14 tackles, Martez Wilson has 1.5 sacks, and Malcolm Jenkins has one of the Saints four interceptions. Overall New Orleans has allowed 408 rushing yards and 524 passing yards.
The Houston Texans made it into the second round of the playoffs last season despite significant injuries at most positions and they hope to build on that momentum for an even bigger year this season. Matt Schaub hasn’t missed a beat completing 70 percent of his passes and T.J. yates has already proved himself as capable completing 61.9 percent of his passes. Arian Foster is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and Ben Tate is averaging 4.6 yards as they make up what is considered to be one of the best running back tandems in the NFL. The Texans have been spreading the ball around through the air but Andre Johnson is back and he looks to be 100 percent and Owen Daniels will be a factor once again as well. Defensively for Houston Tim Dobbins has nine tackles and 1.5 sacks, Whitney Mercilus has 1.5 sacks, and Brian Cushing has just three tackles playing sparingly. Overall the Texans have allowed 179 yards rushing and just 237 yards through the air.
The Saints are favored by a field goal here but the books may be on the wrong side as is the public as these are two very good teams but at full strength the Texans may be better.
Houston Texans +4 New Orleans Saints