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Texans maintain off Saints’ late surge to select up third win of season


Rookie C.J. Stroud threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns and the Houston Texans acquired two defensive stops late to carry on for a 20-13 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The victory matches Houston’s win whole from final season when the group completed 3-13-1.

The Saints (3-3) trailed by 7 when Derek Carr threw a 51-yard go to Rashid Shaheed to get them to the Houston 35. 5 consecutive runs by Alvin Kamara acquired them to the 14. However Carr’s go to Kamara on fourth-and-4 was quick to provide Houston the ball again with 4½ minutes to go.


Shaquill Griffin and Blake Cashman mixed to take Kamara down close to the Texans sideline the place coach DeMeco Ryans celebrated along with his protection.

Houston (3-3) couldn’t transfer the ball after that and punted it again. New Orleans acquired to the Houston 24 on the subsequent drive, however Carr’s throw on fourth-and-10 was intercepted by Steven Nelson with 21 seconds left to safe the win.

Carr threw for a season-high 353 yards and a landing however typically couldn’t end drives because the Saints, misplaced for the third time in 4 video games after opening the season 2-0.

The Texans led 17-10 at halftime and made it 20-10 on a 22-yard area purpose with about seven minutes left within the third quarter. Houston had a primary down on the 1-yard line after a go interference name towards Marshon Lattimore in the long run zone. However two incomplete passes and a 3-yard loss on a run by Dameon Pierce compelled the Texans to accept the quick area purpose.

Blake Grupe’s 45-yard area purpose lower the result in 20-13 with about two minutes remaining within the third. Carr was sacked by Sheldon Rankins for a lack of 11 yards on second down and threw an incomplete go on third to convey up fourth down.


New Orleans had a shot to chop the deficit on its subsequent drive, however Grupe’s 29-yard try sailed broad proper.

Kamara had 19 carries for 68 yards and Chris Olave had seven receptions for 96 yards.

The Saints missed a 52-yard field-goal try on their first drive.

Stroud threw his first interception of the season within the first quarter after setting an NFL file for makes an attempt with out a choose to start out a profession. Stroud entered the sport having thrown 186 passes with out an interception to go Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw 176 passes earlier than being intercepted.

Dalton Schultz #86 and Xavier Hutchinson #19 of the Houston Texans react through the sport towards the New Orleans Saints at NRG Stadium on October 15, 2023 in Houston, Texas. (Tim Warner/Getty Photos)

Stroud threw 5 passes Sunday to stretch the streak to 191 earlier than a go meant for Dalton Schultz was intercepted by Zack Baun with about six minutes left within the first quarter.

However receiver Nico Collins hit Baun after the interception and compelled a fumble, which was recovered by Tytus Howard, to provide the Texans the ball again.

Stroud put the Texans up 7-0 when he threw a 1-yard landing go to Schultz to provide him a TD in three straight video games.

New Orleans tied it when Carr linked with Shaheed on a 34-yard landing go late within the first quarter.

Houston added a 24-yard area purpose with about 10½ minutes remaining within the second quarter to make it 10-7.

The Texans made it 17-7 when Robert Woods caught a 6-yard TD go from Stroud about three minutes till halftime. Collins acquired that drive going with a 28-yard reception.

New Orleans lower the result in 17-10 when Grupe made a 48-yard area purpose simply earlier than halftime.


Houston S Eric Murray injured a knee within the first quarter. … New Orleans LG James Hurst injured an ankle within the second quarter. … RT Ryan Ramczyk left within the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.


Stroud was sacked two occasions Sunday after the Texans entered the sport having not allowed a sack in a franchise-record three video games. Carl Granderson had one and Demario Davis had the opposite.


Saints: Host Jacksonville Thursday night time.

Texans: Are off subsequent Sunday earlier than visiting Carolina Oct. 29.

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