NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups

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Houston (+7) at New Orleans, 52.5 o/u – Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

When the bill comes due on the awful trades the Texans keep making, this franchise is going to find itself in dire straits, but in the short term getting rotational pieces on defense for a talented pass rusher you didn't want to pay, adding a real left tackle to an offensive line that was threatening to cut short Deshaun Watson's career, and picking up a solid wide receiver to supplement a group that can't stay healthy are all moves that can be excused with a Super Bowl win, or maybe even just an appearance. J.J. Watt isn't getting any younger, and DeAndre Hopkins has a lot of miles on him, so maybe Bill O'Brien just figured it was now or never. The Saints can probably sympathize, what with their 40-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback potentially getting robbed of his last shot at a title on a non-call in the NFC Championship game last year and all. Drew Brees keeps throwing the ball less and less, even as he gets more and more efficient doing it, and that trend probably won't change with Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara as his top targets.

The Skinny

  • HOU injuries: RB Lamar Miller (IR, knee), WR Keke Coutee (questionable, ankle)
  • NO injuries: DT Sheldon Rankins (questionable, Achilles)
  • HOU DFS chalk: QB Watson (NO 29th in passing yards allowed in 2018), WR Hopkins (NO 30th in DVOA vs. WR1 in
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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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