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Saints vs. Texans: Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

In their first game in over seven months, the New Orleans Saints lost their preseason opener to the Houston Texans on Saturday night, 17-13. The final score didn’t matter at all. A coach will use his preseason games as part of the evaluation process.

Defensively, the Saints looked sharp and ready for the regular-season opener on September 11 in Atlanta. With several New Orleans on either side of the ball his starters were out of shape and most others finished the night after series one, two.

The Saints’ starting offense was impressive on their first and only drive, stealing the ball for 67 yards in 10 plays and ending with a touchdown pass from QB Andy Dalton to RB Dwayne Washington. After that, the second and third were evenly matched.