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

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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.

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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.

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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.

INJURIES

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.

SACKED

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.

UP NEXT

Saints: Host Jacksonville Thursday night time.

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

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