The New Orleans Saints beat the Houston Texans 38-20 Saturday night, capping their return to the Superdome with a preseason victory on a standout night from backup quarterback Chase Daniel and a workmanlike effort from the team as a whole.
The result pleased the 70,025 clearly delighted simply to be watching the Saints play football in New Orleans again, seven months after they clinched the NFC championship on the same field. The win puts the Saints preseason record at 1-1, and Houston falls to 0-2.
Certainly the performance was much better than the Saints had in dropping their first preseason game at New England on Aug. 12. And yet there remain areas in which the team struggles, most glaringly on kickoff coverage. The Saints drew numerous flags, and for the second consecutive game, the Saints failed to score a touchdown despite having a first-and-goal on the opponent’s 1-yard line.