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Saints fall to Texans 31-27

First of all I would like to apologize to everyone for writing this article so late. Because I live in Dallas, I was not able to find a place to see the game. Luckily NFL network replayed the game so I was able to watch it later. The Texans traveled to New Orleans to play game 2 of the preseason as well as earlier in the week to practice with the Saints. The Texans pulled out a victory in what some would consider a slugfest. In fact, neither defense seemed to play exceedingly well.

The game was mostly an offensive highlight show in the first half. The second half had some exciting points as well, but the starting offenses were both great. Honestly, the Saints’ defense may have actually been worse than the Texans’ offense was good. As expected, the Saints offense was good. More accurately, New Orleans’ starting offense has scored on 5 out of 6 drives so far this preseason.

Most of the focus from the home crowd was on the defense; specifically on Jason David. As deserved, Jason heard boos on several occasions; including three times in a row at one point. He seemed to be lost at times and Matt Schaub took advantage of his poor technique. Schaub finished 14 for 16 with 187 yards and 2 touchdowns. My father said “our secondary made Schaub look like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning”. I could not agree more, the Saints defense has to step up and play better.

I will try to run down the highlights and scores for each quarter. In the first quarter the Saints scored first after a bobbled punt, but the Texans scored the first TD, with a pass from Schaub to Kevin Walter for 26 yards. The second quarter was highlighted by another Schaub TD pass as well as a couple spectacular plays from the Saints. One of the great plays was a swing pass caught by Reggie Bush who hurdled a defender to get into the endzone. The other play was an amazing one-handed catch by Marquis Colston on a fade route. The third quarter had two one yard TDs, one from each team. The fourth quarter was highlighted by a 10 yard TD run from the Texans’ Steve Slaton, who had a great game.

Overall, I was impressed by both starting offenses. The Saints’ secondary did not play great but the front seven seemed to play well. I was impressed with the Saints running game more so than game one. Deuce McAllister looked very good in his limited duty; he seemed to hit holes and make decisive cuts. Kevin Walter looked great for the Texans and Lance Moore kept his name in the hat for keeping a spot on the Saints roster. Both teams looked good in certain areas, but show that they still have room to improve.

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4 Responses to “Saints fall to Texans 31-27”

  1. curtis derbigny says:

    Glad I missed the game also and don’t have NFL Network. I knew when my phone never rings during a SAINTS game, bad things are happening. Sounds like our defensive depth is full of mediocre at best.
    But, it is preseason and trial and error are supposedly a part of the process. I am truly concerned that the CB position will once again be our achilles. D-line aint playing much either if you ask me.
    Maybe Cinci will give me greater hope.

  2. DILLYBERTO says:

    We in New Orleans need to know more of the infamy of #42 in the outlying areas like Dallas. Is it in any press in Dallas? This guy is almost as welcome in this town as Mike Brown of FEMA fame. Any sports persona who has a microphone or a keyboard is letting the Washington State grad have it hard.

    Most everyone in the metropolitan New Oreans area knows that name as something bad, now.

    e.g. “Everything was going great and then a Jason David happened.”

    e.g. “I had some nice bananas in the window, but I couldn’t get to them before Jason David did.”

    e.g. “My date went like Jason David’s career.”

  3. Tony Derbigny says:

    The only hope I have is that the coaching staff is smart enough to not have him starting come week 1. In fact, I wish we would drop him or trade him but honestly I dont see anybody wanting him and we are paying him too much to cut him but time will tell.

  4. Robert says:

    Tracy Porter could not do worse than him, I say throw the rookie out there, and he will make some plays. He has better speed, and height, he may have a bad game or 2, but he would come together.

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