NFL Betting: Houston Makes Statement in New Orleans

Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints – Saturday August 25, 2012 8:00PM EST

The football betting world has been keeping a watch on the New Orleans Saints throughout this preseason to see if any of the offseason distractions have taken effect yet. As expected, veteran quarterback Drew Brees is working hard to keep the team focused and, so far, it seems to be working. But Brees is helped by the fact that interim head coach Joe Vitt, who has been with the organization for years, is in charge during the preseason. The real test for the Saints will come when the season kicks off for real and suspended head coach Sean Payton is not there and Vitt is removed from the picture due to his six-game suspension.

The sports betting online experts are expecting big things from the Houston Texans in 2012.

When superstar linebacker Mario Williams was lost for the season in week five of last year, defensive coordinator Wade Philips stepped up and showed the league that his defense revolves around him and not the players. But the Houston offense learned a lot about its own limitation last year when injuries started taking starters out of the lineup as the playoffs approached. Even with third-string quarterback TJ Yates under center, the Texans still got past the wild card round. In 2012, the expectations for the Texans have been significantly elevated, and the Texans look ready to meet those challenges.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints still have a powerful offense, with or without Payton and Vitt on the sidelines. The bookie software still gives the New Orleans Saints a great chance at success with Brees under center and running back Mark Ingram carrying the ball. The Saints have arguably the best running game in football, and the lack of a coach is not going to change that. But in this game, look for Vitt to give more of the on-field decisions to Brees in anticipation of the beginning of the season. While Drew Brees is a great quarterback, he still relies on his coaching to win games. As the regular season approaches, the Saints could be in trouble.

Houston Texans

The BSN Sports blog experts were impressed with TJ Yates last season, and so was the Texans. Houston was so impressed with Yates that it moved him up to second on the quarterback depth chart. The Texans enter this game completely healthy and ready to take on the 2012 season. In preseason week three, we get to see a little of what each team intends to offer during the regular season. The Texans will show just enough to convince everyone that this will be another great NFL season in Houston.

The Bottom Line

Everyone keeps waiting for the Saints to fall apart, and New Orleans keeps going in the other direction. It is doubtful that Drew Brees will allow the team to collapse in the absence of Vitt and Payton. But that fluid efficiency the New Orleans offense is known for will be disrupted for the first six games of the 2012 season.

BSN Sports blog Free Pick: Houston Texans

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NFL Betting: Houston Makes Statement in New Orleans

Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints – Saturday August 25, 2012 8:00PM EST

The football betting world has been keeping a watch on the New Orleans Saints throughout this preseason to see if any of the offseason distractions have taken effect yet. As expected, veteran quarterback Drew Brees is working hard to keep the team focused and, so far, it seems to be working. But Brees is helped by the fact that interim head coach Joe Vitt, who has been with the organization for years, is in charge during the preseason. The real test for the Saints will come when the season kicks off for real and suspended head coach Sean Payton is not there and Vitt is removed from the picture due to his six-game suspension.

The sports betting online experts are expecting big things from the Houston Texans in 2012.

When superstar linebacker Mario Williams was lost for the season in week five of last year, defensive coordinator Wade Philips stepped up and showed the league that his defense revolves around him and not the players. But the Houston offense learned a lot about its own limitation last year when injuries started taking starters out of the lineup as the playoffs approached. Even with third-string quarterback TJ Yates under center, the Texans still got past the wild card round. In 2012, the expectations for the Texans have been significantly elevated, and the Texans look ready to meet those challenges.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints still have a powerful offense, with or without Payton and Vitt on the sidelines. The bookie software still gives the New Orleans Saints a great chance at success with Brees under center and running back Mark Ingram carrying the ball. The Saints have arguably the best running game in football, and the lack of a coach is not going to change that. But in this game, look for Vitt to give more of the on-field decisions to Brees in anticipation of the beginning of the season. While Drew Brees is a great quarterback, he still relies on his coaching to win games. As the regular season approaches, the Saints could be in trouble.

Houston Texans

The BSN Sports blog experts were impressed with TJ Yates last season, and so was the Texans. Houston was so impressed with Yates that it moved him up to second on the quarterback depth chart. The Texans enter this game completely healthy and ready to take on the 2012 season. In preseason week three, we get to see a little of what each team intends to offer during the regular season. The Texans will show just enough to convince everyone that this will be another great NFL season in Houston.

The Bottom Line

Everyone keeps waiting for the Saints to fall apart, and New Orleans keeps going in the other direction. It is doubtful that Drew Brees will allow the team to collapse in the absence of Vitt and Payton. But that fluid efficiency the New Orleans offense is known for will be disrupted for the first six games of the 2012 season.

BSN Sports blog Free Pick: Houston Texans

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