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Thoughts on Saints 38, Texans 20

Some bullet-point thoughts on the Texans’ 38-20 loss at New Orleans Saturday night.

Impressive:

  • Neil Rackers connected on a 52-yard field goal, a nice line on his resume as he competes for the job with Kris Brown, who hit from 43.

  • Steve Slaton had a 63-yard kickoff return. Would they be willing to use him in such a capacity during the regular season? Houston’s average drive started at the 38-yard line.

  • Reserve linebacker Danny Clark pulled in an interception of Chase Daniel.

  • Dan Orlovsky produced reasonably good numbers working behind Matt Schaub, completing 12 of 19 passes for 140 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

Disappointing:

  • The Texans showed a serious lack of defensive intensity and said the effort looked like what they produced in their very poor three-game start in 2009. Bad tackling was an issue.

  • Reggie Bush gashed them for a 9-yard touchdown run up the middle as if he was a power back. On seven carries he averaged seven yards.

  • Arian Foster lost a fumble. We say it over and over because it’s such an issue – the Texans have to get creative and find ways to get their backs to hold on to the ball.

  • The Texans allowed the Saints two 11-play drives and a late 18-play drive. They resulted in 17 points.

  • Saints reserve quarterback Daniel looked like Drew Brees as he threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Trindon Holliday hurt his campaign to win the return job with a fumbled punt.

  • Houston converted just 1-of-13 third downs and held the ball for only 20 minutes.