Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints NFL Week 1 Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips
We have Texans vs. Saints NFL Week 1 Predictions for the opening game in the Big Easy this Monday, September 9.
The first Monday Night Football game of the new season has the Houston Texans traveling to The Big Easy to face the New Orleans Saints. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:10 ET inside Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints are favored by bookmakers to win by 7 points with the total points set at 53.5.
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Houston Texans Form
The Texans are coming off an 11 win season in which they lost their opening playoff game to division rival, Indianapolis Colts. Houston are a bit of mess in the front office right now, however, they have a strong roster full of talented players.
With recent news the Texans look to be favored to repeat as division champs this year and make a post season run. The Texans have a young star at QB in Deshaun Watson. He has proven himself at every level, NCAA and the NFL.
Watson has big play ability passing and can scramble when needed. The offensive line is the worst unit on the team and has gone through some injuries this off season. Watson has a premier WR and arguably the best WR in the league in DeAndre Hopkins.
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— Justin Reid (@jreid_viii) September 1, 2019
Hopkins is as sure handed as it gets and has shown ability to torch any DBs lined up across from him. Hopkins will be spotlighted by every defense but that won’t stop him from making game changing plays.
Another weapon on offense is deep play and speed threat Will Fuller V. Fuller has had great chemistry with Watson when on the field together. Fuller’s success will be health based.
With the loss of RB Lamar Miller to an ACL tear, recently acquired Duke Johnson Jr. takes role as lead RB. Duke is speedy guy who catches the ball incredibly well out of the backfield.
Defensively the Texans are lead by All Pro DE JJ Watt. Watt is known as a scheme wrecker and can put pressure on the QB any given play.
Opposite Watt is Jadeveon Clowney who is in the midst of trade rumors. Clowney is another great speed and power rusher who can disrupt any play. Benardick McKinney and Zach Cunningham are set to play LB.
Cunningham is talent on the rise and will be on the field for all situations. The secondary will need to be shored up this year as they are still a liability. A bad combo against seasoned vet Drew Brees.
New Orleans Saints Form
The New Orleans Saints come in to this season after being robbed of a Super Bowl appearance last year. The outcome of that NFC Championship game will have a major impact on this season as pass interference is now reviewable.
This new rule will certainly have influence on games this year and hopefully not result in heartbreak for the Saints this year who look like NFC favorites. This team will be motivated lead by heart and soul QB Drew Brees.
Drew Brees is a technician and with a clean pocket will make the right decision and get points on the board in bunches. The backfield will be lead by superstar Alvin Kamara. Kamara is a beast can do it all and will make outstanding use of his touches.
New Orleans #Saints announce roster moves ⤵️
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— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 1, 2019
The Saints have another superstar on the field at WR in Michael Thomas. Thomas is a sure handed guy who can win 1-1 battles and make contested catches routinely. This is arguably the best offensive trio throughout the NFL.
The O line is very good and returns four starters after the retirement of Max Unger at center. Up front on defense the Saints have a serious duo in Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins. They combined for 20 sacks last year.
Saints have a lockdown corner in Marshon Lattimore, and the rest of the secondary is very good. Demario Davis is very good at LB as well as Alex Anzalone who makes plays in the middle for the Saints.
The Saints are very good and very dangerous, so look for them to make lots of noise this season, but despite all the success over the years the Saints are notorious for NFL Week 1 losses.
Texans vs. Saints Betting Trends
- Saints are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
- Saints are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 overall.
- Texans are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Monday games.
- Favourite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
- Home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Texans vs. Saints NFL Week 1 Predictions
This will be a fun game loaded with action and big plays and highlighted by scoring. The Texans are capable of competing with anyone on offense and playmakers on the D line. However, under Bill O’Brien the Texans have routinely come up short in big time games.
The crowd will be fired up in this game as the Saints fans are one of the rowdiest in the league. The Saints play with supreme energy at home over the years and are electric on the turf.
If the Texans don’t match the Saints energy this game could be a blowout. It’s tough to lay 7 points but the Saints are big game winners and love playing at home.
We like the Saints to come out of their Week 1 slump and send a message. Death, Taxes, Saints at home in night games.
Texans vs. Saints NFL Week 1 Predictions: Saints -7 (-105) @ BetOnline
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When is Texans vs. Saints?
Texans vs. Saints is being played on Monday, September 9, 2019.
What time is Texans vs. Saints?
Texans vs. Saints is being played at 7:10pm EST.
Where is Texans vs. Saints being played?
Superdome, New Orleans.