Saints Travel To Tangle With Texans – Game Preview
The New Orleans Saints return to action on Sunday afternoon, when they hit the road to take on the Houston Texans.
Kickoff time at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas is scheduled for noon, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The game marks the second game a two-game road stretch for the Saints.
New Orleans, who was idle last week, lost their second-consecutive game back on November 15, falling to the Washington Redskins, 47-14, and will enter the game at 4-6, while Houston, who ran their current win streak to three games last Sunday, defeating the New York Jets, 24-17, is currently 5-5.
The Saints lead the all-time series between the two franchises, 2-1, including a 40-33 win over the Texans back in 2011, the last meeting between the two.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 25.5 points-per-game, along with 414.5 total yards, including 313.2 passing yards, and 101.3 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 2,972 yards and 20 touchdowns, along with running back Mark Ingram, who has rushed for 661 yards and 5 touchdowns, and receiver Brandin Cooks, who has caught 50 passes for 701 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Texans, offensively, are averaging 20.8 points, 357.5 total yards, 266.7 passing yards, and 90.8 rushing yards a game.
Houston is paced by quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has thrown for 1,704 yards and 13 touchdowns, running back Alfred Blue, who has rushed for 353 yards and a touchdown, and receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has caught 76 passes for 1,045 yards and 9 scores.
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 424.3 yards-per-game, including 293.1 passing yards and 131.2 rushing yards, while the Texans are allowing 333.0 total yards, including 219.8 passing yards and 113.2 rushing yards.