The Texans compiled a franchise record 496 yards of total offense, eclipsing 400 yards for the third consecutive game. Houston also set a franchise single-game preseason record with 355 net passing yards. Quarterback
The Texans third preseason appearance should have been the closest approximation to a regular season game with the starters playing close to a half of football. Schaub along with
"I played with them the entire time I've been here so I know what they are capable of," Mitchell said of Jamison and Crick. "So, they're great players and you know whover is in there, it really doesn't make a difference because you're gonna get a lot of production from both of them."
Crick started for Watt and recorded his first sack of the preseason in Watt-like fashion, wearing an elbow brace and dropping quarterback Drew Brees for a 6-yard loss in the first quarter. The defense shut down Brees and the Saints in the first quarter, allowing just 28 total yards on offense. The Texans put up 164 yards of total offense in the first quarter alone, scoring first with a one-yard run by Ben Tate.
Brees found his rhythm in the second quarter. The NFL’s 2012 leading passer finished 4-of-6 for 104 yards and a touchdown, a 51-yard toss to running back Pierre Thomas.
Luke McCown replaced Brees and marched the offense down the field for two consecutive scores, first setting up a 51-yard field goal and then a 14-yard touchdown to wide receiver Kenny Stills.
The Saints extended their lead to 24-16 with another Luke McCown touchdown just 52 seconds into the the second half. Wide receiver Andy Tanner made an 11-yard catch for a touchdown on the second play of the drive. Tanner repeated his performance on the very next drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass from
Yates was second off the bench and went 7-for-9 on the day with 73 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver
Case Keenum entered the game with 10:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, with the Saints leading 31-23. Keenum was unable to get the third-team offense in scoring range, ending the Texans' final offensive drive on a 4th-and-6 incompletion to Alec Lemon.
"You know, it wasn't my best," Keenum said of Sunday's performance. "We put ourselves in a chance to win the ballgame there, and I missed a few throws. Missed one really important throw down there on fourth down."
The Texans, who drop to 2-1, will travel to Dallas on Thursday to face the Cowboys in their final preseason game.