New Orleans Saints set Superdome preseason record in 38-20 win over Houston Texans

Michael Tortorich
New Orleans Saints running back leaps over Houston Texans cornerback Brice McCain Saturday night in the Saints' 38-20 preseason win.

NEW ORLEANS - In their first preseason game of 2010 in the Louisiana Superdome, the New Orleans Saints gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about as they cruised past the Houston Texans Saturday night.

New Orleans (1-1) set a team record for most points in a preseason game played in the Superdome.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees led the offense in their opening three possesions, driving the unit to two touchdowns. The first came when running back Reggie Bush scored on a 9-yard carry between the tackles. The second was handled by Brees himself as he reached the ball over the goal line on a 1-yard sneak.

"The first preseason game we were working out the kinks," Brees said. "Young guys are getting their first opportunities in real game action. You just try to find your rhythm."

Backup quarterback Chase Daniel started the second quarter for the Saints, and played most of the final three quarters. He finished 15 of 21 passing with 182 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Daniel threw a screen pass to running back Pierre Thomas, who ran around the right side for a 31-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Daniel later hooked up with wide receiver Adrian Arrington on a 48-yard pass play.

Saints fullback Zak Keasey scored on a fourth-and-goal pass from Daniel as the first half expired.

"There's still a lot of things we've got to work on," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "We had almost 100 yards in penalties, nine or ten penalties. We’re struggling covering kicks and punts. There were a lot of things that were sloppy that we’ve got to clean up. Fortunately, we still have more time left and more preseason games to evaluate these guys.”