There’s a full slate of preseason games over the weekend. On Saturday night, the Houston Texans play host to the New Orleans Saints.
During the preseason, the stars get limited snaps. Players like Alvin Kamara or Cameron Jordan will be lucky to get more than one series. This is a time to check out each team’s depth and rising young players. Houston hopes to get some answers on defense, while New Orleans is set with one of the league’s best units.
The NFL lines have the Texans as huge underdogs (+2800) in the AFC South, and the Saints have the second-best odds (+325) to win the NFC South.
The Texans’ rebuild has yielded few results. The play of quarterback Davis Mills will be critical. Mills was hitting his stride in the final games of the 2021 season. In two of his final three games, the rookie threw for 250 yards with a QB rating over 128. The preseason could signal how Mills is progressing.
Saturday will also provide the first look at Marlon Mack as Houston’s starting running back. Elsewhere, Houston hopes to see wideout Nico Collins improve after his 446-yard rookie season. First-round guard Kenyon Green could start.
Many are buying into the Jonathan Greenard hype. In his second season, Greenard recorded eight sacks. Look out for the third-year pass-rusher. In addition, rookies Derek Stingley Jr. and Jalen Pitre will make their debuts.
New Orleans Saints
We will get our first look at New Orleans’ revamped safety room. Marcus Maye and Tyrann Mathieu will start while Daniel Sorensen comes off the bench. Second-round rookie Alontae Taylor should get plenty of playing time. Keep an eye on linebacker Pete Werner; the Saints are hoping for a second-year leap.
The quarterback situation will be interesting. Starter Jameis Winston will be out with an ankle injury. Andy Dalton will likely start. Also, third-string Ian Book needs to play well to avoid getting cut.
A couple of first-round rookies will get their chance to shine. Tackle Trevor Penning — who is a project at the moment — will get a lot of time as a second-stringer. Wide receiver Chris Olave is drawing rave reviews in camp. Will that translate to the field?
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Texans vs Saints Injury Report
Kenyon Green, Christian Harris, and Chester Rodgers are questionable for the Texans.
For New Orleans, Winston, Marcus Davenport and Smoke Monday will be out. Hill and Werner are questionable.
Texans vs Saints Head-to-Head
The Texans and Saints have five regular-season meetings. New Orleans leads the series 3-2. In 2019, Houston covered the spread in a 30-28 loss.
Texans vs Saints Game Information
- Game: Texans vs Saints
- Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
- Day/Time: Saturday August 13th, 8 p.m. ET
- Texans vs Saints Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Texans vs Saints Betting Lines
|New Orleans Saints||-1 -115||-125||33½-110o|
|Houston Texans||+1 -105||+105||33½-110u|
Texans vs Saints Prediction
This is one of the week’s toughest preseason games to pick. It’s nearly a pick’em game with the sportsbook’s 1-point spread.
No Winston certainly shakes things up. This should ultimately give more playing time to Book, which could not end well. Rebuilding teams typically do better in the preseason. They play starters more often, while teams like the Saints look to develop depth.
While Houston will probably play starters a bit longer, Mills will eventually come out. When that happens, the Saints have a huge upper hand in depth. New Orleans will cover on the road.