The New Orleans Saints did their best to try and patch up their team who continue to waste away. The writing is on the wall for Sean Payton and he will be with a new team rather shortly. Payton isn’t a bad coach, he did win a Super Bowl in New Orleans, but sometimes people need a change of scenery. That is what Sean Payton needs in a big way. The Saints just axed a different coach over the bye week, firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. There needs to be more done to that defense before they start to become good. Ryan did good things with that defense, but the skies have opened up this season and the rain keeps falling and isn’t letting up. Rain is in a lot of points surrendered. After giving up 47 points to the Washington Redskins. The Redskins don’t have a bad offense, but 47 to the Redskins is inexcusable. Need to be better than that, and it was the defensive coordinator that took the brunt of the damage control in New Orleans.
Rob Ryan is gone, but the Saints and everybody else understands that there has to be other changes to this team. Mostly defensively, but offensively they don’t have the same pop of the past. But on defense the Saints have been getting shredded and I’m not just talking about last week, they have been all season long, but especially of late. In their last three games they allowed a staggering 43.3 points per game. Yup, that will get coaches fired. Personnel wise they need to gather more talent. It has to start by making good decisions in the draft. The draft is in April, nothing is going to be done about it for the rest of the season. The only thing you can do is fire coaches and that is what we got.
I do feel for Drew Brees. He is still a good quarterback and I think he still has some years in him, but a football team is more than a quarterback. Even the Patriots and Tom Brady are feeling the pinch with essentially only Rob Gronkowski as their weapon in the passing game right now. The offense needs a revamp along with the defense. They got in an absolute record breaking shootout against the Giants, their best showing of the year, but last week they looked like a different team in the 47-14 loss to the Redskins. With a week to prepare, they look towards the Houston Texans.
New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans Betting Odds:
Saints +3 (-110)
@Texans -3 (-110)
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
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Saints vs. Texans Pick:
The Texans got a big boost from backup quarterback T.J. Yates, stepping in for the concussed Brian Hoyer the last two weeks. Yates provided the Texans with two wins in a row, beating the Bengals and Jets. He had to step in against the Bengals and played well. Then Yates took care of business the following week against the Jets, even burning Revis on a deep ball. But now Hoyer takes the starting job back. He has been fine this season with 13 touchdown passes and only 4 interceptions. For Hoyer, that’s about just as much as you can expect out of him.
Hoyer needs a good defense to be a good quarterback in my opinion. He can’t do it alone. Led by JJ Watt, the Texans are 9th in the NFL in total defense. Need you even ask where the Saints are? They are all the way back in last place, allowing 424 yards per game. The Saints are also giving up more than 30 points per game with 31.5. They are in disarray and I think it’s best to stay away from them. The Texans have been playing good, confident football. Look for them to win their fourth straight and gear up for what will be a closely contested battle for a playoff spot with the Texans in the mix.
PICK: TEXANS -3 (-110)