What to watch for: Saints-Texans

We here at the NFL had so much fun watching the return of football last weekend that we decided to do it all again this week. Around The NFL's Conor Orr dissects what you can expect to see from the 16 games this weekend.

Here's what to what to watch for ...

» With all of the hype surrounding Houston's new receivers, how appropriate would it be for someone like Jaelen Strong to come from behind and steal snaps? Strong, last year's third-round pick, had a nice preseason opener and is hoping to earn more starter's snaps.

» More momentum for Brock: We weren't blown away by the Texans' new-look offense, but two years ago around this time we were also sweating trying to figure out how to adequately describe the Chip Kelly revolution. Brock Osweiler went 4 of 7 last week and the Texans kept to the ground for the most part. If we're lucky, they will open up the playbook a little bit.

» With rookie Sheldon Rankins set to miss some significant time with a broken leg, the Saints could use some energy coming out of the rookie class. How about wideout Michael Thomas? If he can stack another 70-yard performance on top of what he accomplished against the Patriots last week, people might stop worrying about New Orleans' defense so much.

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