Texans vs Saints: NFL Week 1 Picks & Predictions

Oddsmakers started New Orleans as 7.5-point favorites. Love for the underdog, however, has since dropped the spread to 6.5. I recommend before it pops up to seven, pouncing on the amount.
Running back is a position of desperate need for the Texans after Lamar Miller endured a knee injury. Duke Johnson, who is known for his pass-catching abilities was obtained by the Texans, but hasn’t been an every-down back.
His backup is that the Carlos Hyde, who has been bounced around from team to team. He averaged fewer than four his past two seasons in both.
Passing seems like the point of focus as the Texans left handle Laremy Tunsil and obtained Kenny Stills. Tunsil is a positive bargain, but Houston still has a long way to go to fix its pass protection, which remains a weakness of the group and possibly signify the component in the NFL. This past year, the Texans ranked in adjusted sack rate and pressure rate. They let 62 sacks.
Quality is still tough to find on the line. Nick Martin, that had been graded as by the AFC South center last year, remains beginning.
Right tackle Seantrel Henderson suffered a very low grade at the 11 snaps he played last year, the sole professional ones of the profession. Depending upon the accident report that is final, the shield positions could be occupied by two rookies.
Tunsil will argue with Marcus Davenport, New Orleans’ first-round pick last year. A mere participant, he amassed four sacks in his first six matches prior to injuries kept him.
Henderson will get his hands full with Cameron Jordan. Last year he rated since the fifth-best border protector while in both pass rush triumph total and pace pressures. Once he blitzes he’s relatively even more successful in these respects.
When DeShaun Watson finds time to find his receivers, he’ll have to contend with a Saints secondary that’s underrated according to last year’s total numbers. It enhanced with the purchase of high cornerback Eli Apple.
After being chosen as the NFL’s best defensive rookie in 2017, marshon Lattimore began to undergo a sophomore slump. But he improved to finish as the 20th-highest-graded corner and he also accrued two interceptions from the NFC Divisional Round.
Drew Brees comes off a season where he completed 74.4 per cent of his passes for 32 touchdowns and five interceptions. 1 benefit that he has is very great defense. The Saints ranked third in adjusted sack rate.
New Orleans’ offensive line did face 1 question. Newcomer center Erik McCoy won the occupation Even though it signed achieved veteran Nick Easton.
The simplicity by which he was determined to be the starter presents a significant contrast to uncertainty and the confusion that plagued the Coach O’Brien of Houston because he strove to establish who would start on the line. McCoy is building chemistry that was significant with Drew Brees and dominated first-team repetitions.
McCoy and company confront a diminished Houston front seven that can overlook Jadeveon Clowney. In other words, the pass rush of Houston has been carrying a larger step backwards than any measure backwards which New Orleans’ pass protection that is powerful is currently taking.
With to replace cornerback Kareem Jackson and security Tyrann Mathieu houston’s defense has taken hits.
The Texans’ secondary was a weak spot, having rated 26th in passing yards. It’ll have much to manage in the form of Pro Bowler Michael Thomas, the efficient pass-catcher and now healthy Ted Ginn Jr., tight end Jared Cook, who is coming from an 896-yard season in Oakland, and running back Alvin Kamara, that caught 81 passes annually and is harmful in the open area as perhaps the NFL’s most elusive running back.
Kamara and latavius Murray type a thunder-and-lightning combo in New Orleans’ backfield. Both possess an established nose to the end zone according to their respective prices, though different in design.
Because he frequently ranks among running leaders in missed tackles kamara is the more gifted of the duo.
New Orleans will face not as much resistance from the weakened pass rush and poor and even poorer of Houston.
On the other side, Houston will fight to keep pace with its absence of contending with an underrated pass rush off the border also racing game.
Greatest Pick: Saints -6.5 (-105) with Heritage

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