Why to watch
We finally get to see how legit the 2011 Texans are, as this game will be their first true test. They don't want to get in an all-out track meet with the Saints, so if Houston can continue its potent ground game, even with Arian Foster not yet 100 percent, it would go a long way toward slowing down New Orleans. The Saints' new run-stuffer Aubrayo Franklin will be tested.
Two defensive coordinators, the Saints' hyper-aggressive Gregg Williams and the Texans' Wade Phillips, could be the difference here. While we'll talk about all of the offensive potential in this matchup, the defensive coaches know each other very well and whichever one comes up with the big play and turnovers here will likely be the victor. (Note: Williams is more of a gambler than Phillips.)