Sunday afternoon should be the first real test for the Houston Texans as they take on Drew Brees and his marching Saints. With key injuries to both teams early in the season, this will be a real test to see who has the depth to remain successful with “go to” playmakers out. Having Arian Foster as a game time decision, and Marcus Colston out with a broken collarbone, both teams will be missing key ingredients to their respected offenses. This will mean there is will be ample opportunities for other players to step up and make a difference for their squads as each team looks to make a statement before the quarter mark of the season next week.
The Superdome is no easy place to come in and steal a game. The fans are always wild, and it’s tough to get a seat as a rival fan. So don’t be surprised when the building erupts as the Saints make their first score of the game. Once the energy builds as the fans get going, it won’t settle down. Andre Johnson will have to be the difference on the field this week, if the Texans have a chance of sneaking one out in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Houston Texans +4
@New Orleans Saints -4
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
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Texans Saints Pick:
The real question going into this game is if the Texan’s new defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, whose record against the Saints as a coach has been less then stellar, can some how contain their competition’s explosive offense. Brees always seems to find his way out of trouble situations, as he is usually given lots of time to work out of the pocket. With good protection, Brees should have another killer day. Although his main target, Colston, is still out with injury, Brees’ supporting cast matches up well to the Texans weaknesses on defense. On the other hand, can the Saints get to Schaub quick enough to force him into making the wrong pass, and keep the ball out of the hands of Johnson? Johnson can explode for lots of yards after making the completion, but I don’t think he will have the space this week to be making those big yard gains. As long as the Saints can contain Johnson, this is their game to win. The only team to really expose the Saints this season was the Green Bay Packers, I can’t imagine the Texans are on par with the defending Super bowl champs. Expect large numbers from Brees this week, and for the Saints to set the pace for the game.