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NFL Preseason Football Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

The Houston Texans are on the road in NFL Preseason Football action today when they take on the New Orleans Saints. The game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on FOX. Currently the odds for the game have the Saints favored by about a field goal to pick up the win today.

New Orleans and Houston should both be improved this season. The Saints finished last year with a 7-9 record, Houston was the opposite at 9-7 but wasn't able to qualify for the playoffs. Both teams could be headed for the post season this year if they are able to remain healthy.

The Saints have a star quarterback in Drew Brees, but this year he'll be playing without his favorite target in tight end Jimmy Graham, who was traded to Seattle for a legitimate center Max Unger, who should help solidify the Saints' offensive line. Brees seemed to be shocked when the Saints moved Graham, which makes sense. Now he has to find a new favorite target.

The third game of the preseason tends to be one where the starters get the most amount of time, Brees should play enough to make it interesting in the first half. So far this preseason he's looked pretty good going 8-of-10 with 2 TDs. Those numbers came last week against the Patriots, his only action to date.

Houston has a number of quarterbacks and it appears they've settles on Brian Hoyer to be the signal caller. Hoyer has some decent experience in the NFL and Houston has a nice set of skill players offensively. The receiving corps is young and has some work to do in order to prove themselves, but as long as Hoyer doesn't turn the football over too much, the Texans should be OK.

In this contest, Both Houston and New Orleans will be concerned with depth and avoiding injuries. New Orleans struggled at home last year, something they aren't accustomed to. They pick up the win here tonight.

Free Pick: Saints

Movie Oakland Raiders: 2015 NFL Free Picks & Betting Odds

Vegas betting expert Steve Fezzik doesn’t expect the bad situation in Oakland to get much better this season. This AFC West team may have some improvements in terms of personnel, but Jack Del Rio is the latest in a carousel of ever-changing mediocre coaches, and Fezzik doesn’t expect he is the guy to turn this team around. He also thinks people are overstating Derek Carr’s abilities at quarterback, as he may do well in the fourth quarter, but his numbers are padded with garbage time performance.