Texans QBs deliver in win at New Orleans

The Texans won by 14 points, each of their three quarterbacks engineered a touchdown drive, and for the third straight game they played turnover-free football.
"I thought that those guys played solidly," head coach Bill O'Brien said of his signal callers. "The offense moved pretty well."
Starter Brian Hoyer guided the first-team offense 80 yards on its opening possession, as Alfred Blue dove in for a 1-yard touchdown on the drive's seventh play. It gave the Texans a 7-3 advantage, and they led New Orleans the rest of the way. He took the Texans on an 8-play, 39 yard drive on their ensuing possession, which resulted in a 49-yard field goal by Randy Bullock. 
"I think we wanted to come out and start the game fast," Hoyer said. "Coach O'Brien is always telling us to start fast, whether it's a game or practice, and he's always putting us in situations to get us prepared to start fast and put together and drive and go down then field."
In just over a quarter's worth of work, Hoyer completed 7-of-11 passes for 82 yards.
Ryan Mallett came on in the second quarter, and wound up with 77 passing yards, completing 9 of his 17 attempts. His first touchdown of the preseason came in the third quarter, when he found rookie receiver Jaelen Strong for six yards. It was the capper of a 16-play drive to start the second half, and the Texans burned 7:27 off the clock. 
"That one long drive was great to start off the third quarter," Mallett said. "It was great to establish a long and sustained drive with a lot of successful plays. We got into a great rhythm and it felt good to communicate well and execute the plays called."

DeAndre Hopkins finished with one catch for 29 yards, which came on a first quarter throw from Hoyer. Even though he didn't catch any passes in the game from Mallett, the third-year wideout was complimentary of the Hoyer/Mallett duo.

"I think Brian is really starting to understand the offense," Hopkins said. "He knows he can trust me on my routes, and if he throws it up there he knows I'll have a chance to catch it. As for Ryan, you saw how much of a competitor he is out there. In the third quarter he came back out there and corrected his mistakes."

After the Mallett-to-Strong scoring drive, Tom Savage entered the game. He also found the end zone, hitting Chandler Worthy for a 6-yard touchdown with 10:18 remaining in the game. Savage finished with 58 yards, and completed 5-of-7 passes. 
"I feel very good about our quarterback position," O'Brien said.
The players have Monday off. They'll practice on Tuesday, and fly to the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Wednesday. Thursday night they face the Cowboys in Arlington. 




The Texans won by 14 points.
 

Each of their three quarterbacks engineered a touchdown drive.
 

For the third straight game they played turnover-free football.
 

"I thought that those guys played solidly," head coach Bill O'Brien said of his signal callers. "The offense moved pretty well."
 

Starter Brian Hoyer guided the first-team offense 80 yards on its opening possession, as Alfred Blue dove in for a 1-yard touchdown on the drive's seventh play. It gave the Texans a 7-3 advantage, and they led New Orleans the rest of the way. He took the Texans on an 8-play, 39 yard drive on their ensuing possession, which resulted in a 49-yard field goal by Randy Bullock. 
 

"I think we wanted to come out and start the game fast," Hoyer said. "Coach O'Brien is always telling us to start fast, whether it's a game or practice, and he's always putting us in situations to get us prepared to start fast and put together and drive and go down then field."
 

In just over a quarter's worth of work, Hoyer completed 7-of-11 passes for 82 yards.
 

Ryan Mallett came on in the second quarter, and wound up with 77 passing yards, completing 9 of his 17 attempts. His first touchdown of the preseason came in the third quarter, when he found rookie receiver Jaelen Strong for six yards. It was the capper of a 16-play drive to start the second half, and the Texans burned 7:27 off the clock. 
 

"That one long drive was great to start off the third quarter," Mallett said. "It was great to establish a long and sustained drive with a lot of successful plays. We got into a great rhythm and it felt good to communicate well and execute the plays called."
 

DeAndre Hopkins finished with one catch for 29 yards, which came on a first quarter throw from Hoyer. Even though he didn't catch any passes in the game from Mallett, the third-year wideout was complimentary of the Hoyer/Mallett duo.
 

"I think Brian is really starting to understand the offense," Hopkins said. "He knows he can trust me on my routes, and if he throws it up there he knows I'll have a chance to catch it. As for Ryan, you saw how much of a competitor he is out there. In the third quarter he came back out there and corrected his mistakes."
 

After the Mallett-to-Strong scoring drive, Tom Savage entered the game. He also found the end zone, hitting Chandler Worthy for a 6-yard touchdown with 10:18 remaining in the game. Savage finished with 58 yards, and completed 5-of-7 passes. 
 

"I feel very good about our quarterback position," O'Brien said.
 

The players have Monday off. They'll practice on Tuesday, and fly to the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Wednesday. Thursday night they face the Cowboys in Arlington. 





The Texans and Saints tangled in New Orleans for a preseason game.


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