Well, here we go, another year of Texans football, with an opportunity to be a significant threat. This despite losing starting RB Lamar Miller for the season already thanks to a preseason injury. They brought in Duke Johnson Jr., who is ready to show out and prove what he is capable of doing for this offense not only as a rusher but also as a receiver. Playoffs at the least will be the expectation for the Texans in 2019.
The Saints, on the other hand, take the field for the first time since being “robbed” by the Rams thanks to the no-call from Nickell Robey-Coleman during the NFC Championship Game. This is a team that is very talented and led by Drew Brees, who has not shown any signs of aging being a negative. He has been doing this a long time but continues to sling the ball effectively, as he hopes to continue doing for yet another season.
The spread for this game favors the Saints by 6.5 points, while the over/under is set at 52.
Houston Looking For A Statement Win
A great way to kick the season off for the Texans would be to pick up the season-opening win against the very-tough Saints team. The Titans are the only team in the AFC South that was able to come away victorious on the first full day of the year, so a chance to have a share of first place will be there for the Texans. DeAndre Hopkins is as good of a receiver as there is in all of the NFL, while Will Fuller is back and healthy again, a presence they missed vitally down the stretch of last season. Don’t forget that JJ Watt is still a sack machine.
The most important thing for the team will be to keep Deshaun Watson upright and healthy. Only two projected starting QBs are still out there as starters in the division after Nick Foles’ injury and Andrew Luck’s abrupt retirement. If Watson goes down, so does the season.
Saints Trying To Bounce Back Strong
The Saints want to put their final loss of last season behind them and be able to move on with their lives. A new season gives them the first chance to do that, as Brees is ready to take the field with roughly the same receivers as a season ago. They brought in Jared Cook as the tight end, a player who has changed teams numerous times but is a great pass-catcher. This is an offense that even without Mark Ingram should be able to rack up the yards and outscore most opponents.
Their defense projects to be solid both up front and in the secondary, and that being the case, on top of their prolific scoring ability, makes them nearly untouchable for Week 1.
Saints Start With A Win
Make sure all bets go with the Saints folks. Houston will be solid all year, but not in this one. It is Brees’ night!
Free Play: NO -6.5
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