Texans morning huddle: Game day vs. Saints


The morning huddle brings all the Houston Texans news you need to know to one convenient spot, today’s links center around the matchup with the Saints

Another game day is here! The Houston Texans are in a great spot following their fifth win of the season last week, and they look to move above .500 for the first time this season as they host the New Orleans Saints. It’s a big game, and that game is also the focus of today’s huddle. Here is what you need to know;

First Glance: Texans vs. Saints – by Drew Dougherty, HoustonTexans.com

"1. Run it again- Last week against a Jets defense that entered the game as the NFL’s best against the run, the Texans managed to pump out 123 yards on the ground. It took them 37 carries to do so, but the ability to get yards and stay on the field was a huge key in beating New York.More from Toro TimesHouston Texans: Can Sean Payton really be the next head coach?Houston Texans Draft: Michael Mayer should be a no doubter at pick 12Houston Texans already telling fans the Davis Mills era is overHouston Texans have hand forced, waste no time in firing Lovie SmithHouston Texans: Pros and Cons of keeping Head Coach Lovie SmithThe Saints come to town with the NFL’s 29th-ranked run defense, and they’re allowing 131.2 yards per game. Opponents have gained an average of 4.93 yards per carry."

John McClain’s guide to Texans/Saints – by John McClain, Houston Chronicle

"The Chronicle’s John McClain breaks down Sunday’s Texans-Saints game at NRG Stadium, with his things to watch, key matchups and game prediction."

Breakfast: The best sports nicknames in Houston – by John Harris, HoustonTexans.com

"I believe it was Daniel Jeremiah from NFL.com/NFL Network that tweeted the video, but either his tweet or a response said…“That dude is a human cheat code.”, referring to Watt.I loved it but I’m pretty sure J.J. doesn’t want to be nicknamed the Human Cheat Code, although it’s more apropos than anything else."

Texans prepping for Saints’ backfield ‘weapons’ Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller – by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle

"The New Orleans Saints’ running back tandem of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller features power, speed and pass-catching skills, drawing plenty of attention from the Texans heading into Sunday’s game at NRG Stadium.A former Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama, Ingram rushed for 964 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The all-around back has gained 661 yards this season and rushed for five touchdowns, catching 40 passes for 998 total yards from scrimmage. Ingram had a 70-yard run against Washington two weeks ago."