The coaches can’t be happy about giving up 31 points to anyone under any circumstances but that’s not the whole story from Sunday’s 31-23 loss to the Saints.
Houston’s offense went up and down the field on New Orleans but had trouble getting sevens and failed on two fourth down tries inside the 20. Being preseason, it’s important not to overreact to these things but it would have been nice to see more finished drives.
Things to be happy about…
Running backs – The smart money is on
Things that need work…
We would say pass defense but it’s too easy to say when the game planning is minimal and you’re shuffling the line up so much. Still, it would have been preferable to put the brakes on some drives (Saints converted 55% of their third downs) and not allow over 300 passing yards.
Scoring – At least we saw how good Bullock was but they need to score more than 23 points when they rack up 496 yards.
Kickoff coverage – everything is peachy if Bullock is kicking out of the back of the end zone. But Preston Parker’s 52 yard return to start the third quarter was the preseason version of a game-changer.
Bottom Line: Even though it’s only preseason, please beat Dallas on Thursday night. It’s not even really about football when it comes to this matchup. And, oh yes, don’t get anyone hurt and get ready for San Diego.