New Orleans—Saints tailback Mike Bell rushed for 100 yards, including 46 on a second quarter touchdown run, as the Saints routed the Texans 38-14 in a preseason game Saturday night in Houston.
The Saints had 420 total yards.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 9 of 14 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Brees missed three days of practice as he attended funeral services for his mother.
Mark Brunell was sharp for the second straight game. In the fourth quarter Brunell completed 5 of 6 passes for 96 yards.
Rookie free agents PJ Hill and Herb Donaldson each scored on fourth quarter touchdown runs. HIll's was one yard, Donaldson's was 14 yards.