Dalton has TD move on 1 drive as Saints fall to Texans 17-13

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Andy Dalton threw a landing move on his solely possession in his debut with New Orleans, however the Saints fell to the Houston Texans 17-13 Saturday night time after a landing within the ultimate minute.

Dalton, who joined the Saints after spending final season with the Bears, began with Jameis Winston out after he injured his foot in apply Monday.

Dalton was an ideal 5 for five for 51 yards. He threw a 9-yard landing move to Dwayne Washington to place New Orleans up 7-0 early.

Houston quarterback Davis Mills was 3 for 3 for 14 yards in two drives the place the staff didn’t get a primary down.

The Texans are sticking with Mills as their starter this season regardless of a subpar rookie marketing campaign when he performed 13 video games within the staff’s dreadful 4-13 season.

Each groups featured the debut of latest head coaches with Dennis Allen taking up for Sean Payton in New Orleans and Lovie Smith changing David Culley for the Texans. Each Allen and Smith moved into the highest job after working final season as their staff’s defensive coordinator.

The successful TD connection got here courtesy of a Jeff Driskell to Jaleel Johnson 6-yard rating.

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Jeff Driskel threw Johnny a 6-yard landing move to rookie Johnson III within the ultimate minute to raise Houston to the win.

The Texans lower the result in 7-3 on a 49-yard area purpose by Ka’imi Fairbairn late within the first quarter.

Houston took a 10-7 lead when Driskel linked with Jalen Camp on a 4-yard landing move early within the second. That rating got here after Obo Okoronkwo recovered a fumble by quarterback Ian Ebook.

Camp had a 49-yard reception on Houston’s ultimate drive to assist arrange the rating.

The Saints tied it about two minutes earlier than halftime on a 23-yard area purpose by Will Lutz.

A 36-yard area purpose by John Parker Romo put New Orleans up 13-10 early within the fourth quarter.

Receiver Chris Olave, taken eleventh general, and nineteenth decide left sort out Trevor Penning made their debuts Saturday night time for New Orleans. Olave had one reception for 4 yards.

A shiny spot for the Texans was the play of rookie fourth-round decide Dameon Pierce, who had 5 carries for 49 yards. Houston is predicted to start out Marlon Mack, however Pierce is more likely to additionally get carries this season because the staff makes an attempt to enhance a working sport that has been among the many worst within the NFL for the previous two seasons.

Houston rookie security Jalen Pitre, the second-round decide, had a stable debut with 4 tackles, together with one for a loss.

Chase Hansen led the Saints with six tackles, together with two for losses, and returned an interception 44 yards to arrange a area purpose within the second quarter.

It was one among three interceptions thrown by Driskel.


The Texans have been with out their two first-round draft picks with cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., taken third general, and left guard Kenyon Inexperienced, the fifteenth decide, lacking the sport with accidents.

Stingley has been taking part in apply however is being introduced alongside slowly as he continues to get better from September surgical procedure to restore a torn ligament in his foot. Inexperienced has missed apply time lately with a knee harm.

Stingley was a consensus All-America choice as a freshman in 2019 however was hampered by harm the previous two seasons, together with being restricted to simply three video games final yr at LSU due to the foot harm. Regardless of the setbacks, the Texans are assured that he’ll be capable to step in early and assist flip round a secondary that was among the many league’s worst final season.


Saints: Go to the Inexperienced Bay Packers Friday night time.

Texans: Go to the Los Angeles Rams Friday night time.

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