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38 - 14 Final
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RB Bell helps Saints over Texans

Aug 23, 2009 - 4:33 AM By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON(AP) -- Mike Bell made the most of Reggie Bush's absence.

Bell had 10 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown to help the New Orleans Saints to a 38-14 win over the Houston Texans in a preseason game on Saturday night.

Bell, a former starter in Denver who had just 45 yards rushing in the past two seasons, is vying to be the Saints' third running back. On Saturday he and Pierre Thomas split time with the first team while Bush was out with a strained calf.

"I just wanted to show the team that I could come here and be a consistent running back," Bell said. "This kind of game was great because it reminds me that I can still play running back. Just to get the carries, and to make the most of this opportunity, that was a real confidence builder."

Saints coach Sean Payton said Bell's performance wasn't surprising because he's been doing well throughout training camp.

"He really has done a really good job," Payton said. "I was encouraged again to see him playing so well."

Drew Brees was 9 of 14 for 87 yards and a touchdown after missing three days of practice last week to attend his mother's funeral.

Houston's Andre Johnson had four receptions for 38 yards and New Orleans receiver Marques Colston had six receptions for 66 yards.

Matt Schaub threw an 8-yard touchdown pass on the Texans' first drive. Houston's starting offense stalled after that and punted on both of its other possessions. Schaub was 11 of 16 for 97 yards.

"It's a humbling game," Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. "You can walk out of the stadium one week and feel good about yourself, and then walk out the next week and wonder what the heck is going on. We got pushed around. We have to play better than that up front in order to be successful."

Thomas has a 9-yard touchdown reception from Brees on the Saints' first drive. He got ahead of Houston's defense and grabbed the ball to score untouched.

"It was just blown coverage, a blown assignment," Houston cornerback Fred Bennett said.

On the play before that, Mario Williams got a sack taken away when the Texans challenged the ruling that Brees was down by contact before the ball came out. After reviewing the play, the officials ruled that it not only wasn't a fumble, it wasn't a sack either, but simply an incomplete pass.

A high point for Houston's starting defense came on the Saints' second drive. Linebacker Xavier Adibi hit Devery Henderson as he tried to catch a pass inside the 10. Henderson couldn't hold on and the Saints had to try a field goal.

They came away empty-handed after the first kick was nullified by an illegal formation penalty and the second one sailed wide left.

Still Houston linebacker DeMeco Ryans was disappointed in his team's performance.

"We take too much pride in what we do to go out and perform the way we did today," he said. "That's not who we are."

In the second half the Saints added a score on a 79-yard punt return by Rod Harper. Harper played for the Arkansas Twisters of the af2, the developmental league for Arena Football, before signing with the Saints in June.

Joey Harrington, who came in for Brees with about five minutes left in the first half, was 8 of 15 for 69 yards. Payton said he has a mild concussion.

Mark Brunell took over early in the fourth quarter and was 5 of 6 for 96 yards.

Adrian Arrington had three receptions for 77 yards for New Orleans.

Houston's Dan Orlovsky was 11 of 17 for 136 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a sack. He found Andre' Davis on a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

His interception came just before halftime and led to a 22-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley that put New Orleans up 17-7. Saints linebacker Anthony Waters sacked him and forced a fumble in the third quarter.

Houston's Alex Brink was 5 of 8 for 38 yards with an interception in the fourth quarter.

Herb Donaldson had a 14-yard touchdown run and P.J. Hill added a 1-yard score for the Saints in fourth quarter.

NOTES: The Saints played without starting left tackle Jammal Brown, who had surgery this week to repair a sports hernia. Payton expects him to be out 3-4 weeks. ... Payton said Bush's injury is "fairly mild" and that he expects him to practice this week. ... Houston rookie tackle Cliff Washburn left the game with a strained left calf.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 7 10 7 14 38
    HOUSTON 7 0 7 0 14 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HST - TD, DAVID ANDERSON 8 YD PASS FROM MATT
    SCHAUB (KRIS BROWN KICK), 6:05. Drive: 10 plays,
    73 yards in 6:05. HOUSTON 7-0
    NOR - TD, PIERRE THOMAS 9 YD PASS FROM DREW
    BREES (GARRETT HARTLEY K

    Aug 22 11:23 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    P HILL 1 YD RUN
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 38
    HOUSTON 14 4:05 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Saints 38, Texans 14  4th - 4:05Aug 22 11:11 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    H DONALDSON 14 YD RUN
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 31
    HOUSTON 14 7:30 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Saints 31, Texans 14  4th - 7:30Aug 22 11:00 PM


  • NFL
    NEW ORLEANS 24
    HOUSTON 14 14:56 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    NOR BALL ON NOR 18 YD LINE
    3RD AND 12

    Saints 24, Texans 14  4th - 14:56Aug 22 10:39 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 7 10 7 24
    HOUSTON 7 0 7 14 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HST - TD, DAVID ANDERSON 8 YD PASS FROM MATT
    SCHAUB (KRIS BROWN KICK), 6:05. Drive: 10 plays,
    73 yards in 6:05. HOUSTON 7-0
    NOR - TD, PIERRE THOMAS 9 YD PASS FROM DREW
    BREES (GARRETT HA

    Saints 17, Texans 7  End of 3rdAug 22 10:39 PM


  • NFL
    NEW ORLEANS 24
    HOUSTON 14 7:04 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    HST BALL ON HST 33 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Saints 24, Texans 14  3rd - 7:04Aug 22 10:23 PM


  • NFL
    TD HST
    ANDRE' DAVIS 23 YD PASS FROM DAN ORLOVSKY
    (KRIS BROWN KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 17
    HOUSTON 14 9:25 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints 17, Texans 14  3rd - 9:25Aug 22 10:04 PM


  • NFL
    NEW ORLEANS 17
    HOUSTON 7 14:53 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    NOR BALL ON NOR 21 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Saints 17, Texans 7  3rd - 14:53Aug 22 9:54 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 7 10 17
    HOUSTON 7 0 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HST - TD, DAVID ANDERSON 8 YD PASS FROM MATT
    SCHAUB (KRIS BROWN KICK), 6:05. Drive: 10 plays,
    73 yards in 6:05. HOUSTON 7-0
    NOR - TD, PIERRE THOMAS 9 YD PASS FROM DREW
    BREES (GARRETT HARTLE

    Saints 7, Texans 7  HalfAug 22 9:54 PM


  • NFL
    FG NOR
    GARRETT HARTLEY 22 YD
    NEW ORLEANS 17
    HOUSTON 7 0:02 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 17, Texans 7  2nd - 0:02Aug 22 9:36 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    MIKE BELL 46 YD RUN
    (GARRETT HARTLEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 14
    HOUSTON 7 3:22 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 14, Texans 7  2nd - 3:22Aug 22 9:20 PM


  • NFL
    NEW ORLEANS 7
    HOUSTON 7 15:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    HST BALL ON HST 49 YD LINE
    2ND AND 11

    Saints 7, Texans 7  2nd - 15:00Aug 22 8:49 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 7 7
    HOUSTON 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HST - TD, DAVID ANDERSON 8 YD PASS FROM MATT
    SCHAUB (KRIS BROWN KICK), 6:05. Drive: 11 plays,
    68 yards in 6:05. HOUSTON 7-0
    NOR - TD, PIERRE THOMAS 9 YD PASS FROM DREW
    BREES (GARRETT HA

    Saints 0, Texans 0  End of 1stAug 22 8:49 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    PIERRE THOMAS 9 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES
    (GARRETT HARTLEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 7
    HOUSTON 7 3:31 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Saints 7, Texans 7  1st - 3:31Aug 22 8:37 PM


  • NFL
    TD HST
    DAVID ANDERSON 8 YD PASS FROM MATT SCHAUB
    (KRIS BROWN KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 0
    HOUSTON 7 8:55 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Saints 0, Texans 7  1st - 8:55Aug 22 8:19 PM
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