The Houston Texans head to New Orleans to take on the Saints on Sunday. It was announced this week that Brian Hoyer will enter the season as the Texans starting quarterback. Hoyer previously played for the Cleveland Browns. In New Orleans, Drew Brees is trying to find a new number one target after tight end Jimmy Graham was traded in the offseason.
The Texans are balancing being in the pubic eye as they were chosen by the NFL for this season’s HBO Hard Knocks show, a weekly behind-the-scenes documentary-style program. Additionally, they lost running back Arian Foster to injury early on in training camp.
The Saints acquired Pro Bowl center Max Unger during the offseason as well as signed running back C.J. Spiller. The Saints hope Spiller can compliment Mark Ingram and add a different dimension to the running game, particularly on passing downs.
Here are all the details about the Hoston Texans and New Orleans Saints preseason match-up:
Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints
August 30th, 3 PM CT
Mercedes-Benz Superdome; New Orleans, Louisiana
The Saints are currently favored by 4 points. (The Line is according to OddsShark and is subject to change.)
The Saints defeated the Texans 40-33 early in the 2011 NFL season. Drew Brees threw for 370 yards and 2 touchdowns at the Superdome.
Houston Texans Preview
While everyone knows J.J. Watt is the best defender on the planet, on the offensive side of the ball wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is poised to be the number one option for the Texans. Andre Johnson signed with the Colts over the offseason and Hopkins is coming off a great 2014 season. Meanwhile, the running back position is still up for grabs as Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes continue to battle for the position
New Orleans Saints Preview
Drew Brees could have a new favorite target with second-year receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks was impressive in his rookie season before having season-ending surgery. Additionally, it will be interesting to see how the Saints use C.J. Spiller. He could be a great addition as a change of pace back as well as provide more of a receiving threat to Mark Ingram. This is contingent on Spiller staying healthy as he has struggled with injuries over his career.
Editor’s note: Are you playing daily fantasy yet? Heavy’s partners at DraftKings are paying out $1 billion to daily fantasy players. Sign up with DraftKings promo code HEAVY and get a $600 deposit bonus with no season-long commitment.