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Monday, October 16, 2006

Texans, Saints moving in different directions

The 2-14 Houston Texans and 3-13 New Orleans Saints leased the NFL’s basement last season.

What a difference an offseason makes.

The Texans (1-4) have renewed their lease, while the Saints (5-1) have moved into a swank townhouse.

One season after posting a 3-13 record, the Saints have a LEGITIMATE shot at the Super Bowl. The Texans have a LEGITIMATE shot at the top pick in next year’s draft.

And it’s not about Reggie Bush, the player Texans fans drooled over. It’s about the Saints.

This year’s team is far from being a one-man show. Bush has sparkled, to be sure. He leads the NFC in receptions (38).

But the Saints have one of the NFC’s top offenses, averaging 24.2 points a game (No. 5). Quarterback Drew Brees’ 92.8 passer rating is No. 4 in the NFC. And running back Deuce McAllister is No. 6 in rushing with 444 yards on 91 carries (4.9 yards a carry).

The Saints also have one of the conference’s top defenses. They allow only 18.3 points per game, No. 5 in the NFC. And enough can’t be said about the fantastic job first-year head coach Sean Payton and his staff have done.

Meanwhile, the Texans and their new head coach, Gary Kubiak, are gearing up for the draft in which Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson will likely be available. But don’t get your hopes up, Texans fans.

Even if Peterson is still available, don’t be surprised next April to here something like this: “With the first pick of the 2007 NFL draft, the Houston Texans select Footsie Ball, long snapper, Butterbean State University.”


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