Brees TD pass streak ends as Texans hammer Saints

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The Texans are red hot, the Saints are ice cold. It is a trend that continued Sunday in Houston.

Former Hahnville and LSU Tiger Alfred Blue ran for 77 yards and a touchdown as Houston soundly defeated New Orleans, 24-6.

The Saints were held to a pair of Kai Forbath field goals, ending Drew Brees’ streak of 45 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. Brees completed 25 of 44 passes for 228 yards. He was sacked twice, both by J.J. Watt. Watt also had 7 quarterback hurries.

The Saints, with a third straight loss, fell to 4-7 on the season. Houston, with a fourth straight win, moved to 6-5 and tied Indianapolis for first place in the AFC South.

“I thought the story of the game was their defense, and our inability to sustain a drive,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton.

The Saints defense was playing its first game after the firing of Rob Ryan. Dennis Allen was promoted to defensive coordinator during the bye week.

Houston’s Cecil Short scored on a three yard run to give Houston a 14-0 lead. The Texans were averaging a paltry 20.8 points per game.

The Saints host the unbeaten Panthers next Sunday. The Saints need three wins in their last five games to avoid the worst season since Sean Payton and Drew Brees arrived on campus in 2006.