New Orleans Saints (7-9) at Houston Texans (9-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 20, 2016, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Texans -3 -- Over/Under:
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The New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans play a preseason game Saturday night at NRG Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints look for a bounce back performance after losing 34-22 in their preseason opener against the New England Patriots. In the losing effort, Luke McCown led the way with 143 passing yards and one touchdown. Drew Brees will likely get more playing time after throwing just one pass in the first game. Michael Thomas and Tommylee Lewis combined for 105 receiving yards on seven catches while Daniel Lasco had three receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game averaged 2.6 yards per carry and Marcus Murphy led the charge with 22 yards on seven carries. Defensively, Craig Robertson led the Saints with six tackles, Kasim Edebali had two sacks and Erik Harris had one pass deflection.
The Houston Texans look to build on their 24-13 preseason victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In the victory, Tom Savage led the way with 168 passing yards and two touchdowns. Brock Osweiler may get more reps with his new team after completing four of seven passes. Josh Lenz and Jaelen Strong combined for 94 receiving yards on seven catches while Braxton Miller had four receptions. The Houston Texans ground game averaged 3.2 yards per carry and Kenny Hilliard led the charge with 40 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, Terrance Mitchell led the Texans with seven tackles, Eric Lee had one sack and John Simon had one tackle for loss.
The Saints are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Texans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
The Texans looked great in their preseason opener and have a backup QB in Savage who should be confident after shredding the 49ers backup defense. The Saints are one of those older teams that just play to knock off the rust and don't want anybody to get hurt. The Texans are playing with a point to prove and have to blend in their new guys.
I like the Texans at home and the small line.