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Bold Predictions: Week 1 Saints vs Texans

This Monday night the New Orleans Saints will kick off the season at home in the Super Dome against the Houston Texans. After the heart breaking blown call and soul crushing defeat by the L.A. Rams in the conference championship, this season could not start soon enough. This game has all the makings to be a high flying, high scoring game that could come down to the wire. With both teams being their division’s reigning champs, they will certainly want to get off to a fast start in the defense of their crown. With all that being said, it’s time to get out the old crystal ball, dust it off, and see what crazy things this game has in store for us.

  1. New Orleans will win their first game of the season since 2013.
  2. Drew Brees will throw for over 400 yards.
  3. Taysom Hill will have more rushing yards than Deshaun Watson.
  4. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara will combine for over 250 total yards.
  5. The Saints defense will come up with several big plays including a couple of key turnovers.

Houston made several moves to help almost every area of the offense, but they did the defense no favors by trading away one of their best defensive players in Javedeon Clowney. The Texans secondary may be the weakest area of the defense, and if there’s a QB great at exploiting weakness, it’s Brees. I expect he will expose every flaw. On the other side of the ball, Houston has placed high expectations on their offense in hope that they will produce at an elite level. Watson may have all 3 of his starting receivers playing together for a first time. Hopkins is an All Pro and maybe the best at his position. The other 2 have extreme potential, but have not shown that either Will Fuller, or Keke Coutee can stay healthy for any stretch of time. The Saints defense will have their hands full covering these 3 tonight, as well as RB Duke Johnson who also can be a threat catching the ball, but really nothing a stout New Orleans defense can’t handle.

The Superdome will be sure to be rocking and no friendly place for any opposing team to play. Contrary to what most outside media thinks, the fans are ready to put last season to rest, and get this one started. The Saints are going to come out and show the world that after the past 2 seasons of unbelievable season endings that nothing is going to get in the way of a Superbowl this year. WHODAT!!!

Saints 31 Texans 23

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