The New Orleans Saints barely edged out the Texans in their home opener, and while they did many things right, they also had some clear weaknesses.
It took the New Orleans Saints a half to get going, but they come out victorious. After putting up just three in the first 30 minutes, Who Dat Nation got to watch a second-half explosion as the team ended with 30, scoring 27 in the final 30.
This was thanks to Alvin Kamara’s elite playmaking to go along with solid work from the team’s offensive front, allowing just one sack. The Texans offensive line, however, gave up six sacks, certainly a concern for the team and Deshaun Watson moving forward.
Watson was the one keeping Houston in the game. He racked up 268 yards and three touchdowns. The Texans, unlike New Orleans, had a balanced offensive attack, scoring 14 in both halves.
For New Orleans, there are numerous takeaways that are positive.
The offensive line, as aforementioned, gave up just one sack while the dominant defensive line notched six. Both Kamara and Michael Thomas also notched over 100 all-purpose yards each. Latavius Murray even showed some explosiveness, scoring the team’s first touchdown on a solid 30-yard run.
That said, in what could go down as the season’s most entertaining affair, the Saints also displayed signs of weakness. Let’s get into a few of those.