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Texans 24, Saints 6

Texans pull off rare feat vs. Saints

HOUSTON — For the first time in a decade, the Saints finished a game without scoring a touchdown. Credit J.J. Watt and a continually improving Texans defense for that.

Houston's offense had a fast start for a change and the defense did the rest in a win over New Orleans, which dropped its third straight.

The Saints snapped a streak of 155 games with at least one touchdown and Drew Brees' streak of games with a touchdown pass ended at 45. His streak was the fifth-longest in NFL history.

"That's a long time," Watt said. "That's a very high-powered offense with a very good quarterback and very good coaching staff."

Watt had seven quarterback hits and two sacks to push his NFL lead to 13½. He would have had another, but Brees threw the ball into the turf as Watt wrapped him up and was penalized for intentional grounding in the second quarter.

"There were a number of losses that frustrate me," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "This was not the most frustrating ever (but) it's disappointing to lose a game like that, and it's definitely disappointing not to score a touchdown."

Houston has four victories in a row for the first time since winning six straight in 2012. Brian Hoyer was 21 of 27 with an interception in his return after missing last week's game with a concussion.

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