Saints vs. Texans Preseason 2013: First Half Recap

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints got off to a slow start, particularly on defense, but pulled it together and now lead the Houston Texans by a score of 17-16 after the first half of preseason game three.

The Saints lead the Texans by a score of 17-16 after one half of play in Houston's Reliant Stadium. Just like their first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Saints defense got off to a slow start, but tightened up after the first half of the first quarter, playing their typical bend-but-don't-break style. The Saints offense

Below is a quick recap of the action and stats from the first half.

The Good

The Bad

  • Ben Tate gashed the Saints defense on the ground.
  • Tackling has looked sloppy. A lot of ankle biting out there by Saints defenders out there
  • Keenan Lewis has been getting abused by Andre Johnson.
  • Will Smith left the game early with an apparent knee injury. Fortunately, it didn't look too serious. More on that later.

Team Stats

NO HOU
First Downs 10 15
Total Yards 245 281
Passing Yards 202 203
Rushing Yards 43 78
Penalties (Yds) 2(15) 3(20)
Turnovers 0 0
Punts (AVG) 2(47) 2(52)
Time of Pos. 12:01 17:59

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
L. McCown 8/12 104 1 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Ingram 4 24 0 23
P. Thomas 4 19 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Stills 2 54 1 40
M. Ingram 2 28 0 29
D. Sproles 2 17 0 11
HOUSTON TEXANS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
M. Schaub 15/26 213 0 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
B. Tate 11 74 1 39
D. Karim 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Johnson 7 131 0 39
O. Daniels 4 47 0 21
G. Graham 3 27 0 11
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