New Orleans Saints vs Houston Texans Prediction, 8/13/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 1
Game: New Orleans Saints vs Houston Texans
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
TV: NFL League Pass
Odds/Point Spread: Texans (+1)
The New Orleans Saints (9-8 last year) are en route to NRG Stadium on Saturday where they will meet the Houston Texans (4-13 last season). Houston is 1-point dogs. The total has been set at 33.5.
The New Orleans Saints finished the year having a 9-8 mark. In their last game of last year, the Saints faced off with the Falcons and took home the win by a score of 30-20. Trevor Siemian went 9/15 with 71 yds through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 111.4 and ended the game with no picks. Alvin Kamara was the leader on the ground for the Saints with 30 carries for 146 yds (4.9 yards per carry). Tre'Quan Smith held an average of 15.2 yds per reception by totaling 76 yds on 5 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ended up running the ball 46 different times and tallied 195 yds, which had them averaging 4.2 yards per tote. In the game, they had 71 plays which converted into 369 yards. New Orleans relinquished 20 pass completions on 33 attempts for a total of 195 yds, and a completion rate of 60.6%. Against the run, the Saints conceded 62 yds on 12 attempts, which is 5.2 yds per run allowed.
The Saints earned 5,177 yards in total for the prior campaign. New Orleans amassed 165 1st downs offensively, and they committed 98 infractions for 811 yards. New Orleans totaled 29 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns. They turned the football over 18 different times (13 picks and 5 fumbles). As a unit they held an average of 117.1 yds via the ground game, ranking them 15th in the league. When talking about getting in the endzone, the New Orleans Saints averaged 21.4 points per game.
When it comes to yards via the pass, the Saints gave up 3,821 yards which had them sitting in 14th in the NFL. During their 17 games played last year, they relinquished 224.8 yards per contest via the pass and relinquishing a completion percentage of 62.3%. They granted 318.2 yards per contest which put them 7th in football. They gave up 20 passing touchdowns in addition to 12 rushing touchdowns. Opposing teams ran for an average of 3.7 yards per attempt on the ground and 93.5 rushing yards per game for the prior year. Overall, they gave up 1,589 rushing yards through 17 games. The Saints sat in 4th in the National Football League regarding the opposition scoring, giving up 19.7 points per game.
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The Texans wrapped up their year having a 4-13 record. When they last played last year, the Texans took a loss by a score of 28-25 when they faced the Titans. Davis Mills (3 TDs) finished the contest with 301 yards on 23/33 through the air while his quarterback rating was 128.5. He didn't throw any interceptions and his avg yards per attempt was 9.12 yds. David Johnson ran the ball 5 times for 28 yds, finishing the game with 5.6 yards per carry for Houston. Danny Amendola was one of the featured targets for the Texans, bringing in 7 balls for 113 yds (16.1 yards per reception). Houston rushed the ball for 3.0 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 64 yds on 21 attempts. The Texans finished the game with a total of 353 yds while running 56 plays (6.3 yards per play). The Texans secondary gave up a completion rate of 71.9%, surrendering 281 yds on 23 out of 32 through the air. Houston relinquished 32 rush attempts for 124 yards (3.9 yds per rush).
When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Texans ranked 30th in the NFL with an average of 16.5 PPG. Last year, the Texans compiled 3,305 passing yards not to mention averaging 194.4 passing yards per outing, ranking them 28th out of all NFL teams. They had an average of 83.6 yards per game via the rush and ran for 1,422 yards for last season. The Houston Texans had an average of 278.1 yards per game which ranked them 32nd in football. The Houston offense totaled 978 yds of penalties on 114 infractions, which ranked them 5th in the league in terms of making mistakes. They gave away 15 picks while losing 7 fumbles and they tallied 162 1st downs.
The Texans allowed 26.6 points per game, which had them ranked 27th of all teams in the league. Houston allowed a total of 2,418 yards rushing (142.2 yards/game) and 25 touchdowns rushing last season. They conceded 27 touchdowns via the pass and 242.2 yards per outing, which had them in 23rd in football. The Texans defense took the field for 1,101 plays, which was good for 23rd in the NFL. Over the course of the season, they relinquished 452 total points. They earned 25 turnovers (8 fumbles recovered and 17 picks) during the previous year.
Who will win tonight's Saints/Texans NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Saints -1
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