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1-0, 1st in NFC South

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Last season Drew Brees performed much better against man coverage than zone -- he had the second-highest EPA/P disparity in favor of man. Last week the Rams ran 78% zone, second-most of any team. Brees faces the Rams tomorrow. ESPN's coverage classification is powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints DT Sheldon Rankins has been ruled out of Sunday's game as he continues to recover from his torn Achilles. Everyone else is expected to play -- including RT Ryan Ramczyk, who was limited in Friday's practice with a thigh issue.

Young: Rams-Saints involves major implications (0:18)
Ninkovich: Saints will be motivated in Rams' rematch (0:48)
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Rams' Talib: Botched PI call 'not an L.A. problem'

As they prepare to play the Saints in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game, the Rams are still fielding questions about the infamous pass interference no-call that helped send them to Super Bowl LIII.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Ted Ginn Jr. was the only Saints player to miss practice Wednesday, because of illness. Not bad after a Monday night game. Four players were limited: S Marcus Williams (groin), DT Sheldon Rankins (Achilles), DT Mario Edwards Jr. (hamstring), LB Craig Robertson (hamstring).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Tremendous praise for Rams DT Aaron Donald from Drew Brees. "I don't even have names for all the moves he can do to get to the quarterback. You cannot block him with one guy. He's just that good a player. He's such an impact player, he can change a game. I don't know if I've ever seen anybody like him."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

No surprise here, but Saints kicker Wil Lutz was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week after nailing the game-winning 58-yard field goal as time expired Monday night against the Texans. Lutz, who made 3 of 4 field goal attempts in the game, has now won this award three times in his career. He was also named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Month for last September.

Stephen A. on Watson eclipsing Brees this season: 'Hell no' (1:30)
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Saints: 'We all knew' Lutz would nail 58-yard FG

Saints kicker Wil Lutz made history with a game-winning 58-yard field goal as time expired against Houston. It was a career long for Lutz and the longest field goal in the final 10 seconds of any season-opening game since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.

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In win, Saints steamed at another officiating error

Drew Brees called the officiating error that left the Saints 15 seconds short on a drive to close the first half Monday night "a game-changer." Said the QB: "Listen, that can't happen."

Moss: Saints needed Week 1 win after postseason disappointment (1:39)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Texans CB Aaron Colvin was the nearest defender to Ted Ginn Jr. on the final pass of the game. Over the course of the contest, when Colvin was the nearest defender to the targeted receiver at time of ball arrival the Saints completed 7 of 8 pass attempts for 106 yards and a touchdown, per NFL Next Gen Stats.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Wow, wow, wow. All it took for the Saints to break their Week 1 curse was a 58-yard field goal as time expired. Wil Lutz made the clutch game-winner to cap a game-winning 37-second drive after the Texans had taken the lead with a two-play 75-yard TD drive. The Saints (barely) snapped a five-game losing streak in season openers -- one they absolutely had to have with a brutal two-game road trip coming at the Rams and Seahawks.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Deshaun Watson is struggling against man coverage: 7-12 for 19 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. No such problems against zone where he's 10-14 for 153 yards and a touchdown. ESPN's coverage classification is powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' defensive line hasn't been perfect tonight. But they just had a huge series with two sacks (one by LB Alex Anzalone and one by DE Trey Hendrickson) after Houston crossed midfield early in the fourth quarter. That's four sacks on the night for New Orleans. ... On the flip side, Drew Brees wasn't sacked until the fourth quarter -- though he was under pressure during his interception on the opening drive.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints waking up in the second half with some huge third-down plays of their own. First a 9-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to fellow QB Taysom Hill. Then a deep interception by Saints safety Marcus Williams on a third-and-long heave from Deshaun Watson for the much-needed first takeaway of the season.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards362.07th
Rushing Yards148.07th
Points For30.0Tied-8th
Points Against28.0Tied-23rd