The New Orleans Saints dominated the Houston Texans in their preseason home opener as the defending Super Bowl champions claimed a 38-20 victory Saturday night in front of 70,025 fans at the Superdome
The Saints offense out-gained the Texans 409-291 in total net yards, including 275 yards to Texans’ 162 in the first half. In the first half, the Saints first and second-string offense showcased a well-balanced attack as they ran 47 plays (23 pass, 24 rush).
Daniel threw three touchdowns while completing 15 of 21 passes for 156 yards. The second-year gunslinger entered the game at 14:40 mark in the second quarter and came out with 4:03 remaining in the contest.
Ivory totaled a game-high 66 yards on 20 carries (3.3 avg.). Bush carried the ball seven times for 49 yards (7.0 avg.) and a touchdown. 38 of Bush’s yard and his touchdown came on the game’s opening drive.
After Bush’s score, the squads were unable to score on each of their next drives. With Saints punting at their own 48-yardline with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter, Texans’ WR Trindon Holliday muffed the punt and Saints S
Three players later, scrambled away from pressure and while falling down slung a 10-yard pass to Colston, giving the Saints a first-and-goal at the one-yard line. On the next play, Brees dove up the middle for the score to push the Saints’ lead to 14-0.
Houston’s RB Arian Foster put the Texans on the scoreboard on the first play of the second quarter with 10-yard touchdown run. TD.
Smith forced the Saints’ second turnover at the 10:31 mark in the second quarter when he hit Foster and his helmet popped the ball loose. Saints DT
The Saints drove down the field to the Texans’ 31-yard line when Daniel hit RB
Texans’ kicker Neil Rackers nailed a 52-yard field goal with 3:44 left in the first half to trim the Saints edge to 21-10.
Daniel continued to push the Saints’ offense and tossed a beautiful 48-yard pass to Arrington to put New Orleans at Houston’s 31-yard line with 2:57 left in the first half.
The Saint were at fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line with four seconds left in the first half when Daniel fired his second score of the contest to FB
In the first half, the Saints gained 275 yards on offense compared to Texans’ 162. Saints ran 47 plays on offense (23 pass, 24 rush).
Texans opened the second half in a big way with a 53-yard kickoff return by RB Steve Slaton but capitalized on the return and were forced to punt
With 5:50 left in the third quarter, Houston drove down the field and K Kris Brown hit a 43-yard goal to cut the Saints’ lead to 28-13.
The Saints responded on the next drive when Daniel zipped his third touchdown of the night on a 18-yard touchdown pass to Arrington to give the Saints a 35-13 score with 1:28 left in the third quarter.
Texans' TE Garrett Graham caught a 10-yard TD from QB Dan Orlovsky at the 14:17 mark in the fourth quarter putting the Saints edge at 35-20.