Final Analysis and Reaction
Final Score: Houston 27 - New Orleans 14
The Saints played like they wanted to win the game, the Texans played better.
Houston is looking to regain itself and to find its own identity. They brought in Wade Phillips to revamp the defense and what a change it has made. The Texans defense was all over the place tonight wreaking havoc for the Saints. Any passes made by the Saints were quickly swallowed up by the Texans' defensive backs (with a few exceptions). With 114 rushing yards total and 283 yards passing the Saints just could not keep up with the Texans high powered offense.
When it comes down to X's and O's the Texans seem to have found themselves. They forced four turnovers in this game after forcing seven last week. They had a total of eight for all of the preseason last year.
Ben Tate is back and, assuming he stays healthy, will form a two-headed beast with Arian Foster. Tate finished with 95 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards, and a touchdown. He football intelligence was obvious when he had a 40+ yard rush and ran out-of-bounds to stop the clock with less than a minute left in the half.
The Saints starting offense looked good overall but the offensive line needs some work. They appeared to miss some assignments and, as a result, Brees felt a ton of pressure from the Texans defense. Drew Brees looked very solid in this game, his backup Chase Daniel did as well. Keeping Brees healthy is a priority but if it came down to it Daniel would make a great backup QB.
Defensively, the Saints left too many holes open for Ben Tate. While the Texans O-line can take some credit, the Saints' defense needs to solidify themselves.
This was an exciting game offensively as both Drew Brees and Matt Schaub looked like they were in mid-season form. Defensively, each team needs to do some more work before the season begins.
The Texans redeemed themselves with this game after losing last years pre-season game against the Saints.
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