Three things I’ll be looking for in Texans at New Orleans:
The cornerbacks: Kareem Jackson missed last week after a death in the family, so this is his preseason debut. How do Jackson and second-year guys Glover Quin and Brice McCain fare against Drew Brees, who’s got a nice stable of targets and can be as precise and take advantage of mistakes as well as any quarterback in the league?
Poise: The Saints defense looks to annoy, trying to strip the ball on every occasion, sometimes sacrificing sound tackling. Houston’s skill guys need to hold on to the ball and take advantage if there are opportunities to break a tackle. New Orleans will be amped up for the first time the team is at home since the Super Bowl. How do the youngest Texans respond in that atmosphere?
Interior line: Wade Smith gets a start at left guard instead of Kasey Studdard. The Texans need to make decisions and lock in on their starting guards pretty soon so the group can build some continuity. Smith is a prototype for the team’s system, and should have a good chance at a starting spot if he can perform well.