The Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints meet in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL preseason

HOUSTON, Texans (KTRK) — What day is it? It’s game day, Houston! The Houston Texans open the 2022 preseason by stepping on the turf for the 11th time in the preseason against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night.

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Texans head coach Lovie Smith will lead the hometown team against New Orleans for the first time. Smith was formerly Houston’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator during the 2021 NFL season.

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The opposing team is also led by a first-time head coach, Dennis Allen, who was a former defenseman for Texas A&M He took over the HC position after 12 seasons on the Saints coaching staff and more than six seasons as defensive coordinator.

In 10 seasons from 2008 to 2017, the Texans and Saints, both 0-0, met in a total of nine preseason games and shared streak wins five games apiece. This preseason fight will mark the first time the teams have met since the Saints defeated the Texans 13-0 on Aug. 26, 2017.


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As he enters his sophomore season, Texas quarterback Davis Mills has all eyes on him. Mills made 11 rookie starts in 2021 and set a Texas rookie record by finishing the year with 2,664 passing yards. In addition, he completed 263 of 394 attempts for 16 touchdowns, ten interceptions and an 88.8 pass rate.

Veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks is returning after notching a career-high 90 receptions for 1,037 yards and six touchdowns in the 2021 NFL season. Cooks recently signed a contract extension with the Texans during the 2022 offseason.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., watch the 30-minute countdown to ABC13’s kickoff special before the Texans take on the Saints at NRG Stadium at 7:00 p.m. and air on ABC.

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