NFL Week 3 Preseason Picks- Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints
- Updated: August 22, 2012
Date/Time: Saturday, August 25 8:00 p.m. (ET)
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Point Spread: New Orleans-3
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NFL Preseason Pick – Week 3
After New England, Houston is the next favorite to represent the AFC in the next Super Bowl and so far it is right on track with a solid performance in its first two preseason games. The Texans beat Carolina 26-13 as three-point road underdogs in Week 1 and last Saturday they knocked off San Francisco 20-9 as three-point home favorites. Matt Schaub has looked sharp in limited action with 180 yards passing and one touchdown and Arian Foster has averaged 5.2 yards on 11 carries. Look for both these players to get an extended chance to show off their skills on Saturday night.
Midway through last season, Houston was one of the top contenders in the AFC, but a rash of crippling injuries eventually took their toll. All their top players are back in the lineup including wide receiver Andre Johnson and linebacker Brian Cushing, who immediately made their impact felt in last week’s game against the 49ers. Through two games, this team has been able to stay relatively healthy, which will be head coach Gary Kubiak’s primary motivation in this game.
The Saints will actually be playing their fourth preseason game after facing Arizona in the Hall of Fame Game. They are 1-2 straight-up (2-1 against the spread) with a win over the Cardinals followed by losses to New England as four-point road underdogs and to Jacksonville as 6.5-point home favorites. It has been a mixed bag for New Orleans so far with Drew Brees completing over 68 percent of his passes for 178 yards and one touchdown, but an overall offense that has struggled to puts points on the board.
A greater concern could be a growing list of injuries to some key personnel that could carry into the regular season. Defensive backs’ Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer remain questionable for Saturday’s game, but linebacker Chris Chamberlain will miss the entire season with a torn ACL and wide receiver Adrian Arrington is out indefinitely with a knee injury as well. The Saints’ starters should play into the second half, but much like the Texans, getting out of this game with everyone in one piece is the team’s primary motivation.
This should be a good test for Brees against a very talented Houston defense, but the game will ultimately be decided with the second and third teamers on the field. Stick with New Orleans to win the game SU, but take Houston to cover with the three points. New Orleans 24 Houston 23
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