New Orleans Saints defeat Houston Texans 34-27 despite shakey start

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Rookie Texans receiver Keshan Martin who burned the Saints for a touchdown early on, lost two fumbles.  Cornerback Corey White knocked the ball loose from Martin after a reception and then later he would relinquish it again after safety Malcolm Jenkins jarred it loose during a tackle.

Linebacker Barrett Ruud who the Saints just acquired came into the game at middle linebacker during the second half and did very well after only having participated in three practices.  If Ruud can stay healthy, he will be a nice addition.

Defensive end Cameron Jordan and rookie defensive tackle Akiem Hicks spotlighted the defense with their performance.  Both were constantly bringing pressure and in the Texans backfield.  The Saints defense would end up with six sacks for the night accounting for a loss of 40 total yards.

The Saints would fend off an attempt by the Texans to tie the game in the final few minutes after cornerback Elbert Mack batted away a pass on a fourth down conversion attempt.  Backup quarterback Sean Canfield then simply ran out the clock to end the game.

The one issue the Saints had last week was tackling, but for this game the one glaring problem was busted coverage.  The defense had too many times where they were turned around and with bad angles.  Like last week this will be addressed as the team begins game planning for the Washington Redskins who they’ll face on September 9th.

The Saints will travel to their final away game this Thursday against the Tennessee Titans.  With tropical storm Isaac possibly making landfall close to the Gulf Coast, interim head coach Joe Vitt said they’ll monitor the storm and see if they will need to leave earlier than scheduled.