The Texans targeted Eli Apple and P.J. Williams multiple times. It worked. The Saints gave up big play after big play as the Texans drove the ball and scored in just two players after almost all hope was lost.
This could be a huge problem for New Orleans in Week 2. With numerous star-caliber receivers, Apple will be covering a player like Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp for most of the game. Can he handle that assignment?
The real question is if Apple and Williams will both hold up against Goff and the Rams offense. After giving up 27 to Carolina, it’s obvious that New Orleans should have the same ease of scoring, but can he stop LA will be the main question at hand.
In Week 1, Apple was assigned either Kenny Stills or Will Fuller on the bulk of the Texans offensive plays. Running their offense through Deshaun Watson, Apple was heavily targeted and Fuller took full advantage of the former Buckeye.
He even put Apple on his highlight reel with this stellar catch in the first quarter.
This cannot be a pattern for the Saints. They gave up far too many big plays against the Texans. They’ll be facing an offense that is just as high-powered in Week 2, and if it’s another outing like Watson had, it could be a long season for the team’s secondary.