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Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints is the big Sunday afternoon game in the NFL Preseason 2013 schedule, with both teams having a 100 percent record so far this preseason – something will have to give way today. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network, alternatively the game can also be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Texans have so far gained two solid wins this preseason; a 27-13 win on the road to Minnesota, and a well-earned 24-17 win at home to the Miami Dolphins last week.
Their victories have been thanks to good solid performances across the field which should give Houston fans hope that this could be their season. They have recorded 304.5 yards in pass offense per game through their two game so far – ranking them no. 1 in the NFL in that department.
However, they have not been one trick ponies, and have also registered a respectable rush rate, with an average of 122.5 yards on rush per game so far. That ranks them 9th in the NFL in rush.
In total offense they have gained an average of 427 yards across the two games, which places them 2nd in the NFL in total yards gained. At 25.5 points per game on average they are also healthily converting yards into points.
They have today's game at home to New Orleans before a trip to Dallas before their season kicks off on the road to San Diego on Sept. 9, and they will be hoping to record two more victories to keep the winning habit going all the way through to the start of the regular season next month.
However, their opposition today, New Orleans, have also won two from two so far this preseason, and they could be a stern test for the Texans. Both the Saints games so far have been at home though, and this is their first on the road appearance this preseason to date.
They will be hoping to build on their 17-13 win against Kansas City, and 28-20 win against Oakland, with another win today against the high-flying Texans.
The Saints, like the Texans, have been leading the way on pass offense, with an average of 297 yards per game so far – ranking them 2nd in the NFL behind only the Texans. However, the Saints have been more reliant on their good pass work, and have not succeeded as much as they would have liked in rush, gaining just 101 yards per game on rush, ranking them 16th in the NFL.
After today's game against the Texans, they will travel to Miami to meet the Dolphins before their season kicks off with a home game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 8.
Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.