New Orleans Saints: 3 Things We Learned vs Houston Texans

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Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Garrett Grayson (18) at the line against the Houston Texans during the second half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Texans defeated the Saints 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The loud cheering of the Superdome didn’t help the New Orleans Saints last night and they lost their third game in a row, falling 27-13 to the Houston Texans. 0-3 doesn’t look good and some fans might be worried about the 2015 New Orleans Saints but don’t forget that the starters played just a couple of series in this game (and some of them didn’t play at all, like safety Kenny Vaccaro and cornerback Keenan Lewis) or even just the first one, like quarterback Drew Brees.

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The risk of season-ending (or even long-term) injuries is too high at this time of the year and head coach Sean Payton wisely decided not to force the starters to stay on the field too long for a meaningless W on the board.

The first-string offense looked sharp with Drew Brees under center but their drive stalled in the red zone and they were able to come away with just three points off of a Zach Hocker field goal. The defense struggled a bit in their first series. In particular cornerback Keenan Lewis had a hard time against Deandre Hopkins but hopefully that’s just some preseason rust.

What did we learn from this game? Are some of the main positional battles already settled?

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