Houston (CBS Houston) – The New Orleans Saints come to NRG stadium Sunday to take on the Houston Texans who sit at 5-5 on the season and share first place in the AFC South.
The Texans with a win will go over .500 for the first time this season and jump into the “maybe they will make the playoffs” conversation. A stark contrast to where they were only just a few weeks ago.
To get that coveted win, the Texans will have to do it against a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees and a Saints team who themselves are looking to be a part of that playoff conversation.
Brees already has a seven-touchdown game under his belt this season, but he also has quite a few games where he has not looked superhuman. Regardless Brees and the Saints offense is not a team that anyone should take lightly.
“This is a very challenging offense,” Head Coach Bill O’Brien said, “with all due respect to every offense in the league, this is (Saints Head) Coach (Sean) Payton and Drew Brees, and big, big challenge for our football team to be ready to go on Sunday.”
One of the big things the Texans can do to help themselves out against Brees and the Saints is run the ball, something the Texans have not done well at all this year.
“A guy like Drew Brees that reads defensives very well, knows the game a lot, it’s best for us to the keep the ball in our hands, keep the defense off the field,” right tackle Derek Newton said.
The Texans this season rank 29th in the NFL in rushing with 90.8 yards a game. The Saints defense, however, gives up the 27th most rushing yards in the NFL allowing 131.2 yards a game.
If the Texans are able to get Chris Polk, Alfred Blue or Jonathan Grimes going it could go a long way to limiting the damage Brees can do by keeping him off the field.
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