In case you missed it Drew Brees is still the GOAT and Wil Lutz is making that extension look really, really good right now. The Saints and the Texans dueled for literally all four quarters with both teams rallying. The Saints won on a last second 58-yard kick from Lutz, which just happened to be his career long. As I said in my early preview of the season schedule, Deshaun Watson gave the defense all they could handle. The Saints defense did not help themselves though, allowing long 3rd down conversion after long 3rd down conversion.
The Texans punched early after a rare Drew Brees interception in the redzone as he scrambled and looked for Latavius Murray. The Texans scored on the ensuing possession to take an early 7-0 lead on an incredible run and dive into the endzone from Deshaun Watson.
The Saints offense drove to field goal range and then the drive stalled. 7-3 Texans and Deshaun Watson just got the ball back, naturally going on a 16 play drive helped by Saints defensive penalties and poor tackling. In the redzone on 3rd and goal Watson fired a dot to Deandre Hopkins “the best receiver in the NFL” to take a 14-3 lead.
Final possession before half and Drew and the offense once again drive to field goal range for Lutz and after some horrible officiating again in the Dome, the Saints were forced to settle for a long field goal right before half. As you could probably guess our automatic kicker hooked it and we went into halftime down 14-3.
Another week 1, another slow start to the year for the Saints. Or so we thought; Drew Brees and company were not going down like that. The offense came out firing and went on a 5-play 83 yard drive to open the half. Latavius Murray, Mark Ingram 2.0 as a lot of media call him, busted loose for a 30 yard rumble to the end zone to get the Saints back into the game. During the ensuing Texans drive, the Saints 3rd down defensive woes continued to haunt them as they allowed two conversions on 3rd and long. Also a defensive offsides by newly re-signed Mitchell Loewen offset a Marshon Lattimore interception. One play later Watson hit Hopkins again for a 16 yard strike to push the lead back to 11.
The Saints offense responded well again as they drove down thanks the accuracy and precision of Drew, to the Texans 9 yard line where Drew found do it all Swiss Knife Taysom Hill for a tough catch in the end zone to close the gap again. The game would go back and forth with neither team being able to pull away.
Marcus Williams had a huge interception of Watson on the next drive and Drew went for the kill. After a huge AK41 run, Drew found Tre’Quan Smith to finally take the lead.
Game over right? Momentum at home in the loudest building in the NFL? The teams traded punts and the Saints added to there lead with 50 seconds left. 27-21 at home other team with no timeouts. Deshaun Watson spit that back in our faces and the defense somehow got beat behind them on two throws, the second being while Watson was absolutely leveled and he threw a dot to former Saint Kenny Stills. (The only guy apparently Drew Brees doesn’t like) was the one to stick the knife in Saints fans hearts again. Down now 28-27 after a crazy penalty call on a missed extra point by my darling rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, the Saints options looked bleak.
But there’s always light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the MAN Drew Brees who orchestrated a brilliant drive down the field, slicing and surgically dicing the Texans secondary to set up a shot for Lutz to redeem himself. Lutz comes into the game after missing a 56-yard kick earlier trying to win a game in which the last 50 seconds have been a crazy rollercoaster of emotions. Not only that, the kick would be a career-long for Will Lutz of 58 yards. No pressure right? Clutch Lutz steps up and drilled the game winner with room to spare and the Saints rally from incredible odds to steal the game at home, 30-28, for the first opening week win for the Saints since 2013. Now the real revenge begins as the Saints travel to Los Angeles for a rematch of the no call against the LA Rams on a short week.