Observations from the Cheap Seats: Saints defeat Texans

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(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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This game saw the return of Senio Kelemete and Kenny Stills to New Orleans.

Stills was a fifth-round pick of the Saints in 2013, the same draft that brought us Terron Armstead. Stills was traded to the Dolphins after two seasons here. Kelemete was our No. 1 reserve lineman for a few years, filling in admirably when a guard went down. He left two seasons ago for a better chance to start in Houston.

Not enough rushes on offense in the first half, and the defense often looked like they were on skates.

The first half really looked like a preseason game. I understand not wanting to risk player injuries, but the lack of continuity on both sides of the ball are what have cost us game one wins over the last five seasons.

That said, Deshaun Watson went into the blue tent a couple of times Monday night.

After his TD run in the first quarter, he looked to have landed oddly and may have been concussed, but there was little discussion of concussion protocol as well.

Overall, defensive backs are lucky Hopkins dropped a few passes, he had eight catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns but could have had at least one more TD and likely 40-50 more yards if he catches two to three more of his 13 targets.