The Prediction: Texans vs. Saints

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Texans vs. Saints Week 1

Last Meeting: November 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Texans def. Saints 24-6)

It’s officially that time!

I am coming back to you with the first prediction article of the 2019-2020 season. The Texans are heading to the Dome to take on the New Orleans Saints to open the season. Much like last season when they played New England in week 1, this game will also be a great test for the Texans to see what can we expect from them this season.

Before I get into my predictions, I have to say, what an off-season! The Texans have lost a plateau of talent but have gained some talent in the process. They may have lost one of their best pass rushers in Jadeveon Clowney, but they acquired their LT of the future in Laremy Tunsil. They may have lost one of their best DB’s in Kareem Jackson, but they got a speedy WR in Kenny Stills. The question is, are the Texans talented enough to make a SB run? That is still to be seen, but for now here are my predictions for tonight’s game.

The Matchup:

On paper, this game is primed to be a shootout. Both teams are loaded with weapons on offense. The Texans have Deshaun Watson, Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, and Duke Johnson. The Saints have Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Latavius Murray, Ted Ginn, and Jared Cook. While the defenses are no slouch, I don’t think either defense is equipped to stop the opposing offense, especially in the passing game. Don’t be surprised if there are more than 60 points scored tonight.

Because it is in the Superdome, the Saints have the advantage. They have the crowd, the offense, and the thirst for revenge after the ending of the NFC Championship game last season. The Saints should be looking for blood tonight, specifically Texan blood.

I am one who is a believer in Deshaun Watson. I believe that as long as he is playing, the Texans have a chance to win. He will show up and put up an incredible performance tonight in primetime, once again. That being said, this game will go either two ways.

1. The Texans will be overwhelmed in the Dome

Because of everything already being stacked against the Texans, they may be overwhelmed tonight. The Saints, as well as the crowd, may force their will early and often on the Texans. At first, it may look ugly, and the Texans could be down by 14+ at halftime. They’ll eventually settle down and attempt to fight their way back, but it’ll be too late. The Texans will leave the Dome with a loss.

2. The Texans win in a very close shootout.

Deshaun Watson comes to play. He weathers the storm of the crowd. He is money all night. Hopkins wins his match-up against Marshon Lattimore. And the defense is able to force the Saints offense to enough mistakes to give Watson a couple of more drives. The Texans are the last ones with the football in a tied game, and Watson takes them down the field to score a game-winning TD to win the game. The Texans make a statement and steal a win from the Dome.

The Prediction:

While I believe the Texans can win, I don’t believe they will win. They will put up a fight and go blow for blow against the Saints tonight, but I see the Saints being too much for the Texans at the end. The Texans will lose tonight in a hard fought game.

Score: Texans 32 Saints 40