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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The NFL is loaded with the best football players on earth and that’s why it’s so rare to see an NFL team shut out. Usually one running back or wide receiver will break a tackle and find the end zone but that wasn’t the case for the Texans because the Saints defense brought it for all four quarters. In fact New Orleans registered 4 sacks and neither Tom Savage nor DeShaun Watson could put a singe point on the board. Adam Bighill and Rafael Bush were the most notable Saints defenders, Bighill recorded 5 tackles and a sack. While Bush had an outstanding night putting up 3 tackles and 1 sack. New Orleans is normally known as an exceptional offensive football team. However this year the Saints also have a defense that can win them football games as well. That hasn’t been the case since Greg Williams was in the Big Easy so you have to like where this team is headed if you’re a fan of the black and gold. Drew Brees had a decent night throwing for 11 completions out of 15 passing attempts for 76 yards. Brees didn’t throw a touchdown or an interception but during those 15 passes you could definitely see that the veteran signal caller is ready to put together a big season. The 17th year QB out of Purdue still is one of the smartest football minds in the game and Brees can dissect anything a defense throws at him. It will be interesting to see how the Saints move on from Brandin Cooks but expect Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Willie Snead, and Coby Fleener to pick up the slack. The aerial attack is always booming in New Orleans and it’s going to take a lot more than the loss of one player to stop the Saints from airing it out. On the opposite sideline the Texans defense played well holding New Orleans to only 13 points. At the same time though it’s the same old story for the Texans and Bill O’Brien. Each year Houston dominates on the defensive side of the ball but struggles to manufacture offense. Watson threw for just over 100 yards but still has a ways to go to become a full time NFL starter. When it was all said and done though give credit to Sean Payton and his team because they got the job done. Houston has been a playoff team recently so they aren’t any easy win by any means.
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