Kubiak eager for Texans to test Saints defense



HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Gary Kubiak says the New Orleans Saints will give the Texans a valuable look at a defense they don’t see much in practice anymore.

The Saints visit Reliant Stadium on Saturday night, marking the fourth straight year the teams have met in the preseason. The teams, from cities separated by only 350 miles, have also held joint practices in years past, but opted not to this year because of the lockout.

The Texans have been learning the 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Kubiak says the unit will benefit from facing the Saints’ 4-3 alignment.

Houston beat the New York Jets, another team that plays a 3-4 defense, in its preseason opener.