A number of Saints didn’t dress for the game, including Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Jarvis Landry, Michael Thomas, Marcus Davenport, Cam Jordan, David Onyemata, Alontae Taylor, Pete Werner, Zack Baun and Tyrann Mathieu.
The defense starred in the Lone Star state Saturday night, allowing 275 total yards from Houston. It locked down the Texans completely in the first and third quarters, allowing 33 yards in each period and one combined first down. New Orleans forced six punts and allowed just three third down conversions on 12 attempts.
The Saints forced three turnovers, as linebacker Chase Hansen, safety Justin Evans and defensive back Brian Allen all had interceptions. Hansen finished with five tackles, two tackles for loss, one special teams tackle and a pass defensed after signing with the team Monday. Nephi Sewell led the team with six total tackles.
Offensively, it was a short but stellar night for quarterback Andy Dalton. The former Cincinnati Bengal drew the starting nod while Winston recovers from a foot injury. Dalton only played one drive but was five-for-five passing for 51 yards and a touchdown to running back Dwayne Washington.