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Texans-Saints Breakdown: Quarter-by-Quarter Recap

Texans-Saints Breakdown: Quarter-by-Quarter Recap

Credit: AP

by Daniel Gotera / 11 Sports

khou.com

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 23 at 5:30 PM

NEW ORLEANS - The Texans are back on the field for their second pre-season game as they take on the New Orleans Saints. Last week, they looked good up until the end of the game when Arizona scored 19 unanswered to down the Texans 19-16.

It isn't about winning, but there are a couple of areas where they didn't perform very well. A couple of things to take note of tonight...

-Could the defense maintain the intensity throughout? Can the first unit perform like they did against the Cardinals against a better offense in the Saints?

-Kareem Jackson makes his debut tonight for the Texans...how will he mix with the first team unit?

-Will the offense be able to score once they get into the line of scrimmage?

-Will it be Jeremiah Johnson or Chris Henry get the majority of the touches in the second half now that Ben Tate is gone?

Read below and see how the game played out Quarter by Quarter!!

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SAINTS 38, TEXANS 20...FINAL

---Danny O at QB better do a better job of protecting his receivers...he is going to get somebody really hurt out there...just ask Jacoby Jones and David Anderson...ouch...

---Jeremiah Johnson with the nice kick return...talked to his agent this week and he told me Jeremiah is excited to really prove himself and see if he can make this team...

SAINTS 38, TEXANS 20...4:05 left in the 4th quarter

---How about Chase Daniel? This kid has looked good...nice goaline stand by the defense on that one...Troy Nolan having another big game...

---As bad as the Texans defense has been...this second unit has been very good, a lot of intensity...even though it is against the back-ups for the Saints...they just seem more into the game than the first group...what do you guys think?

---The Texans are showing a definite weakness in the one area they have had concerns this whole time...defensive tackle...I know this is the second team unit, but this is getting a little ridiculous...the Saints are pretty much dominating up front...and there has been no answer by the Texans...

SAINTS 35, TEXANS 20...14:11 left in the 4th quarter

---Dan Orlovsky running the show in the second half and while he threw a terrible pass to Jacoby Jones who made a great catch...it was a nice play right afterwards to find Garrett Graham in the corner of the endzone...he is getting better...and boy has he come a long way since he got to the team last year...

---Slaton is not getting much help on the offensive line...but he is getting some room and he is showing some of that old burst...getting around the edge...

---Sherrick McMannis returning punts now...Trindon had a really bad game...Gary Kubiak not pleased with the effort....

4TH QUARTER NOTES

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SAINTS 28, TEXANS 13....5:50 left in the 3rd quarter...

--Kris Brown made the interception count...43 yard FG...should have gotten some more points but hey...at least these guys are getting a chance to compete out there on the field...

TEXANS 2ND POSSESSION OF SECOND HALF

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---Danny Clark...back and making a statement...nice pick deep inside Saints territory...the second half unit is definitely playing a lot better than the first group...he is in the running for that final starting spot too...

SAINTS 2ND POSSESSION OF SECOND HALF

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SAINTS 28, TEXANS 10...7:20 left in 3rd Quarter...

---Kris Brown up next in the field goal contest by the way...if the situation calls for it that is...could have had a chance in the first drive of the second half...but Slaton lost four yards...and that knocked them out of field goal range...

 ---Steve Slaton in the game...let's see if he is able to hold onto the ball...

TEXANS FIRST DRIVE OF THE SECOND HALF

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---Kareem Jackson is now out of the game...but you know what, I thought he looked good...he was one of the few that didn't miss many tackles...and he did play some good coverage...so overall, I think that went well, considering it was his first in game action this season...the other guys those...woof...not good...

---Well...Kevin Bentley is definitely making a case for that starters spot for the first four games of the season...what a hit he put on the Saints running back...just pile drived him to the ground...almost caused a fumble...he has been king on special teams the past couple of years...maybe it's time for him to get some more responsibility.... 

SAINTS FIRST DRIVE OF 2ND HALF

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SAINTS 28, TEXANS 10...HALFTIME

---Pretty poor effort by the first team defense in the first half...anxious to see what Daryl Sharpton and the second unit...can't do much worse than this...

---Saints thought about just kicking the field goal...but hey...why do you need to do that when there is soooo much open space...

---Bernard has been pretty upset this whole first half with the officials...he wasn't pleased with the Brees TD call...and now on this drive he has been barking at the refs...

---The big thing here in this game is the up and down pass rush...they only got a couple of good pushes up the middle of the field, but other than that...the running backs have a lot of room to work and the qb's have all day...

---The Saints are a lot better than the Cardinals...but really...this shouldn't be happening...Eugene Wilson burned big time down the MIDDLE OF THE FIELD!!!!

---Ummm...this is very discouraging...this is still the first team defense against second stringers and the Saints are making these guys look horrible...defensive intesity isn't there...

SAINTS FIFTH DRIVE

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SAINTS 21, TEXANS 10...3:37 left in the 2nd quarter

---Neil Rackers nails a 52-yard FG...is he in the lead for the starting kicker job?!?!

---A couple of good plays down the field...that was totally a catch on the sideline by Kevin Walter...no challenge though...

TEXANS FOURTH DRIVE

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SAINTS 21, TEXANS 7...6:34 left in the 2nd quarter

---WAY TOO EASY!!! Pierre Thomas with the touchdown...but seriously, no one touched him on the screen pass...

---I'm pretty surprised Chase Daniel went undrafted...I know he was a product of that system that he has been playing in since high school, but the kid has got a nice arm and he is a winner...I mean...Mike Singletary likes winners...why doesn't everyone esle?!?

---Zach Streif...Saints offensive lineman...I knew him in college...he is a large human being...no joke...some of these guys are big, but man that guy is giant...just thought you folks would like to know...

---Mario Williams pretty much a no show in this one after a great game against Arizona...

---Amobi Okoye got off to a slow start as mentioned...but him and who ever has been playing right next to him, most times it's been Cody...doing a nice job so far...

SAINTS FOURTH DRIVE

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---ARIAN FOSTER HOLD ON TO THE FOOTBALL!!!!!! WOW....two turnovers...man...thats just frustrating...and I am not even playing...he looked pretty upset by it though...he tried to make too much happen...

---Joel Dreesen wide open...the Texans offense is looking a lot better now...

TEXANS THIRD DRIVE

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SAINTS 14, TEXANS...11:39 left in the 2nd quarter

---Nice stand by the Texans defense...a very rough start, especially on the run defense, but since then, they have been able to get some pressure up the middle...and they haven't missed tackles which is always a good thing in the game of football...

---Former Missouri Tiger great Chase Daniel is in the game...Drew Brees done for the night...I am sure Southlake Carrol is very happy about these developments...

SAINTS THIRD DRIVE

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SAINTS 14, TEXANS 7...14:57 left in the 2nd quarter

---The offense hasn't looked very good...but Arian Foster continues to impress...TOUCHDOWN TEXANS...Foster letting the play develop...getting a quick burst and right into the endzone he went...

---Thank goodness for these penalties...or else another 3 and out...

---The protection for Matt Schaub that we saw last game is pretty much non-existent in this one...he is being rushed a whole bunch...Wade Smith getting a lot of reps at guard early and he is having a tough time of it...

TEXANS SECOND DRIVE

SAINTS 14, TEXANS 0...3:12 left in the 1st quarter...

---Drew Brees is awesome...how many people can make a pass as they are falling down like he was to his right...found Colston...that set up the TD...

---Texans forced the punt...Trindon Holliday with the muffed punt...you gotta wonder if he is nervous AND how much that thumb injury is bothering him...nerves because he played college ball in the state...and the thumb injury I am sure is magnified when players are flying towards you to tackle you...just a thought...

---Brian Cushing...say what you want about him...he is awesome...your eyes just gravitate to #56...he is involved in every play...

---Sherrick McMannis missing a tackle in the drive...allowed the Saints receiver to pick upan additional 5 yards...I don't have to say it, you Texans fans know this...during the first four games of the season...that can't happen...

SAINTS SECOND SERIES

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---Not much going on right there...Arian Foster with a couple of carries...not a very good pass from Schaub off the finger tips of Andre Johnson...

TEXANS FIRST SERIES

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SAINTS 7, TEXANS 0

---Missed tackles are the name of the game tonight...I mean...Reggie Bush has a lot to do with that, but you gotta wrap up...that Touchdown was way too easy...

---Bernard Pollard probably thought his pass interference penalty was bogus because the ball was uncatcheable...well...you can't really mug the guy before the ball goes up either...

---Kareem looking good so far...made some nice tackles, but New Orleans is really going with the run here early, must be something they need to work on...Brees only dropping back a couple of times...

---Amobi Okoye and Sean Cody getting the start up front at DT...

SAINTS FIRST DRIVE

 

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