Losing the three-time Pro Bowl player would be a big blow to the Saints against a potent and balanced offensive team like the Texans. But the Saints have faith in experienced backup Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who played well last week against the Chicago Bears.
The Saints gave up only sixty rushing yards against the Bears. They will need to contain the Texans backfield, which has rushed for over 100-yards per game in the first two weeks. It is still unclear whether Houston’s star running back Arian Foster will play this Sunday, but if not , Houston feels comfortable with back-up Ben Tate who has hit the century mark in both contests against Indianapolis and Miami.
Both teams have had prolific quarterbacks for a while, and like the Saints of 2009, Texans have brought in a new defensive coordinator in hopes of no longer seeing their gaudy offensive statistics go to waste in seasons that fall short of a playoff berth.
On the same night that Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson leveled Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin with a hit to the head that drew a well-publicized $40,000 fine, Lofton more quietly executed exactly what the N.F.L. wanted when it announced almost a year ago that it would ratchet up discipline for violations of player-safety rules.
However the Texans faced a terrible Colts team in week one that is captained by veteran quarterback Kerry Collins, who is filling in for the injured Peyton Manning. Collins has looked confused, to say the least, since being plucked out of retirement.