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2019 opponent profile: Houston Texans

Saints will open regular season play at home against the Texans on 'Monday Night Football' on September 9

Opponent – Houston Texans
Coach – Bill O'Brien
Quarterback – Deshaun Watson
2018 record – 11-5, first in AFC South
Most recent matchup: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 – Week 12: Texans 24, Saints 6
2019 game: Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 – Week 1 at 6:10 p.m.
Stadium – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Texans-Saints series record: Tied 2-2-0

Texans' 2018 season recap:
Bill O'Brien was able to get his team to 11 wins after starting the season 0-3. The Texans won seven more games than in 2017. The Texans had to overcome adversity when wideout Will Fuller went down with a season-ending knee injury. DeAndre Hopkins stepped up and received consideration for the MVP award at the end of the season. The Pro Bowl wideout had 103 receptions for 1,425 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Tyrann Mathieu and Justin Reid proved to be one of the better safety tandems, while Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt combined for 23.5 sacks.

Notable additions:

  • Tackle – Matt Kalil
  • Cornerback – Bradley Roby
  • Quarterback – A.J. McCarron

Notable losses:

  • Wide receiver – Demaryius Thomas

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