Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints

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Game Information
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 73,064

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Texans starting quarterback Tom Savage struggled to move Houston's offense. His popular backup, first-round draft choice Deshaun Watson, didn't do much to distinguish himself, either.

Perhaps a New Orleans Saints defense that has languished near the bottom of the NFL for three seasons is improving after all.

An interception by Damian Swann, and sacks by Darryl Tapp, Al-Quadin Muhammad, Rafael Bush and Adam Bighill highlighted a defensive performance that lifted New Orleans to a 13-0 preseason victory on Saturday night.

"We are cultivating the right mentality three games in. I think we are showing some promise," Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said. "It's preseason, so you take it for what it is. I love the way our defensive backs are playing and how our linebackers are rallying."

Two of the Saints' sacks and Swann's interception came against Watson.

"It didn't go our way, but it's a good tape to learn from," Watson said. "Once I watch the film, I'll figure it out."

Darius Victor ran for a 3-yard touchdown and Wil Lutz kicked field goals of 26 and 48 yards for New Orleans (2-1), which had won two straight exhibition games after ending a 10-game preseason skid in Los Angeles last week.

Adrian Peterson made his Saints preseason debut, totaling 15 yards on six carries which each went for 2 or 3 yards. He had one catch for a 1-yard loss.

Peterson's carries were his first in the preseason since 2011.

"It didn't look all good, but I know there are some good things on film," Peterson said. "Just looking on the sidelines on the run plays, it seems like we are just one block away."

Drew Brees played most of the first half in his first action this preseason. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 76 yards, but led only one scoring drive capped by Lutz's 26-yard field goal.

Backup QB Chase Daniel led the Saints' only touchdown drive in the third quarter, completing passes of 24 yards to Tommylee Lewis, 14 yards to Josh Hill and 31 yards to Brandon Coleman.

Savage was 10 of 16 for 79 yards for Houston (1-2). Watson was 11 of 21 for 116 yards and also scrambled twice for 10 yards. Watson's potential to extend plays showed when he stepped up to avoid Swann's blitz, then delivered an accurate, off-balance, 22-yard pass to RaShaun Allen as he was being hit by lineman Tony McDaniel.

Saints top draft choice Marshon Lattimore played throughout the first half and into the second. He was in on two tackles and broke up two passes.

WEATHER DIVERSION

The Texans were heading back to Dallas after the game because of flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Texans were unsure how long they'd remain in Dallas but planned to return to Houston as soon as possible.

"We'll still get our work in and our film, and whenever we get a chance to go back home, we will," linebacker Brian Cushing said. "That's life. Some things come up. We've just got to get through them, got to adapt and we'll be fine."

BREES' BACKUP

Daniel is competing with two other QBs - 2015 third-round draft choice Garrett Grayson and free-agent acquisition Ryan Nassib - to be Brees' backup. Daniel completed 9 of 12 passes for 108 yards and took two sacks. Grayson was 2 of 6 for 25 yards, but also had a long pass dropped by Lewis.

DOMECOMING

Two young Texans defenders who grew up within a two-hour drive of New Orleans made standout plays. Rookie cornerback Treston Decoud, a fifth-round pick who played high school football in the New Orleans suburb of Mandeville, broke up a long pass intended for Lewis, and also drew an offensive pass interference penalty on Corey Fuller on a pass down the sideline. Outside linebacker Eric Lee, from Daphne, Alabama, had two sacks. Lee is a second-year pro who spent last season on Houston's practice squad.

"It's just like a little kid eating candy," Decoud said. "Just to play in front of the home fans and my family ... was like a dream come true."

INJURY UPDATE:

Texans: Tight end Evan Baylis limped off the field favoring his left leg after an 8-yard first-down reception from Watson late in the first half.

Saints: Reserve LB and special teams regular Nate Stupar limped off the field favoring his right leg late in the third quarter. ... Rookie offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk, the 32nd overall pick in last spring's NFL draft, did not suit up after leaving practice two days earlier. He was in the stadium in warmups and did not appear to have any physical ailments.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Saints
04:20 Wil Lutz 26 yd FG 0 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Saints
No scoring this quarter.

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Saints
03:02 Darius Victor 3 yd run (Wil Lutz kick) 0 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Saints
03:52 Wil Lutz 48 yd FG 0 13

Team Stats
  Houston New Orleans
1st Downs 13 15
Total Yards 246 315
Passing 189 204
Passing Completions/Attempts 23-42 22-33
Yards/Pass 4.1 5.7
Rushing 57 111
Rushing Attempts 21 30
Yards/Rush 2.7 3.7
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 28:29 31:31

Houston Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Deshaun Watson 11 21 116 5.5 0 1
Tom Savage 10 16 79 4.9 0 0
Brandon Weeden 2 5 16 3.2 0 0

New Orleans Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Chase Daniel 9 12 108 9.0 0 0
Drew Brees 11 15 76 5.1 0 0
Garrett Grayson 2 6 35 5.8 0 0

Houston Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Dare Ogunbowale 7 15 2.1 0 5
Lamar Miller 3 14 4.7 0 7
Tyler Ervin 5 10 2.0 0 12
Deshaun Watson 2 10 5.0 0 7
Jordan Todman 4 8 2.0 0 8

New Orleans Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Darius Victor 8 30 3.8 1 7
Ted Ginn Jr. 1 24 24.0 0 24
Adrian Peterson 6 15 2.5 0 3
Trey Edmunds 5 12 2.4 0 4
Daniel Lasco II 4 10 2.5 0 7
Mark Ingram 4 9 2.2 0 3
Tommylee Lewis 1 9 9.0 0 9
Chase Daniel 1 2 2.0 0 2

Houston Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
RaShaun Allen 2 34 17.0 0 22
Bruce Ellington 4 29 7.2 0 11
Dres Anderson 3 26 8.7 0 15
Ryan Griffin 2 22 11.0 0 14
Dare Ogunbowale 2 20 10.0 0 13
Tyler Ervin 3 17 5.7 0 11
Wendall Williams 2 17 8.5 0 18
Stephen Anderson 1 14 14.0 0 14
Germone Hopper 1 9 9.0 0 9
Jaelen Strong 1 8 8.0 0 8
Evan Baylis 1 8 8.0 0 8
Jordan Todman 1 7 7.0 0 7

New Orleans Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Brandon Coleman 2 44 22.0 0 31
Tommylee Lewis 3 34 11.3 0 24
Michael Thomas 4 27 6.8 0 9
Ted Ginn Jr. 3 26 8.7 0 14
Trey Edmunds 1 26 26.0 0 26
Daniel Lasco II 3 23 7.7 0 11
Josh Hill 1 14 14.0 0 14
Mark Ingram 2 11 5.5 0 6
Coby Fleener 1 11 11.0 0 11
Willie Snead 1 4 4.0 0 4
Adrian Peterson 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Houston Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Kurtis Drummond 4 2 0 0
Kareem Jackson 4 1 0 0
Dylan Cole 3 2 0 0
Brennan Scarlett 3 3 0 0
Dee Virgin 3 1 0 0
Eric Lee 2 0 2 9
Rickey Hatley 2 1 1 6
Eli Ankou 2 1 0 0
Zach Cunningham 2 0 0 0
Treston Decoud 2 0 0 0
Bryce Jones 2 0 0 0
Benardrick McKinney 2 2 0 0
Brian Peters 2 1 0 0
Tony Washington 2 1 0 0
Brian Cushing 1 1 0 0
Marcus Gilchrist 1 0 0 0
Kevin Johnson 1 1 0 0
Johnathan Joseph 1 0 0 0
Ufomba Kamalu 1 1 0 0
Corey Moore 1 0 0 0
Eddie Pleasant 1 0 0 0
Shakeel Rashad 1 3 0 0
RaShaun Allen 0 0 0 0
Christian Covington 0 1 0 0
Justin Hardee 0 0 0 0
Avery Williams 0 0 0 0

New Orleans Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Adam Bighill 5 0 1 4
Rafael Bush 3 0 1 8
Kenny Vaccaro 3 1 0 0
Marcus Williams 3 0 0 0
Darryl Tapp 2 0 1 4
Alex Anzalone 2 0 0 0
Chris Banjo 2 0 0 0
Ken Crawley 2 0 0 0
De'Vante Harris 2 0 0 0
Cameron Jordan 2 0 0 0
A.J. Klein 2 1 0 0
Tony McDaniel 2 0 0 0
Manti Te'o 2 2 0 0
Al-Quadin Muhammad 1 0 1 6
Vonn Bell 1 2 0 0
Tyeler Davison 1 1 0 0
John Hughes III 1 0 0 0
Marshon Lattimore 1 1 0 0
Mitchell Loewen 1 0 0 0
Michael Mauti 1 0 0 0
Sheldon Rankins 1 1 0 0
Nate Stupar 1 0 0 0
P.J. Williams 1 1 0 0
Bryan Braman 0 0 0 0
Erik Harris 0 0 0 0
Trey Hendrickson 0 0 0 0
Hau'oli Kikaha 0 1 0 0
Zach Line 0 0 0 0
Craig Robertson 0 1 0 0
Damian Swann 0 0 0 0
Darius Victor 0 0 0 0

Houston Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New Orleans Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Damian Swann 1 4 0

Houston Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jordan Todman 2 52 26.0 0 30
Chris Thompson 1 20 20.0 0 20

New Orleans Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Houston Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyler Ervin 3 18 6.0 0 9
Wendall Williams 1 9 9.0 0 9
Chris Thompson 1 0 0.0 0 0

New Orleans Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
De'Vante Harris 4 19 4.8 0 9
Ted Ginn Jr. 2 16 8.0 0 12
Tommylee Lewis 1 10 10.0 0 10

Houston Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

New Orleans Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Wil Lutz 2 2 100.0 48

Houston Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Shane Lechler 10 465 54

New Orleans Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Thomas Morstead 8 363 60