NFL Monday Night Football: Where to watch Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints, TV Channel, Live Stream, Odds

The New Orleans Saints' quest for a first trip to the Super Bowl in a decade begins at home on Monday night, when they host the Houston Texans.

New Orleans won a second consecutive divisional title last season and was one missed passed interference call away from winning the NFC Championship.

A decade has passed since Drew Brees guided the Saints to their maiden championship at Super Bowl XLIV and he is desperate to reach the Big Game again before his window shuts.

The NFL all-time leader in passing yards and completions, Brees could surpass Peyton Manning as all-time leader for touchdown passes this season.

The Saints' signal-caller needs 20 touchdown passes to overcome the two-time Super Bowl winner.

Along with Brees, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara remain key to New Orleans' hopes.

The latter was named Rookie of the Year in 2017 and rushed for 883 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, adding 709 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions.

The Saints bolstered an already-talented roster in the offseason, adding running back Latavius Murray to its offense on a four-year, $14.4-million deal to replace Mark Ingram. Defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, meanwhile, signed a three-year deal worth $15 million after leaving the New England Patriots.

The release of veteran safety Chris Banjo, however, caused a stir. The 29-year-old ranked third in special-teams snaps last season, after leading the team the year before and signing a three-year, $9 million extension in March.

Coach Sean Payton, however, suggested the Saints might not have seen the last of Banjo yet.

"He [Banjo] is someone that has got all the right things that go into winning games and being a great teammate and being a leader," Payton was quoted as saying by The New Orleans Advocate.

"And so, that was definitely one of the more or the most difficult decisions, and yet we stay in touch here and see how that goes."

Like the Saints, the Texans have also been involved in a roster decision that turned heads for the wrong reasons.

The trade taking Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin has largely been seen as a steal for the Seahawks.

The Texans had already lost safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Kareem Jackson and Clowney's departure could significantly weaken the defense.

At the same time, there's optimism Houston can win a fourth AFC South title in five years. The Texans used two of their first three draft picks to bolster its offensive line by selecting offensive tackles Tytus Howard and Max Scharping.

The news will have pleased Deshaun Watson, who was the most-sacked quarterback in the league last season.

Along with reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Kurt Warner, the 23-year-old is the only quarterback to throw for 40 or more touchdowns in his first 20 NFL games.

After rupturing his right ACL in his rookie season, Watson led the Texans to an 11-5 record last year and will be crucial to Houston's hopes of a postseason run.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Monday.

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Drew Brees #9 and Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate a touchdown against the New York Jets during a pre-season game at MetLife Stadium on August 24 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Houston Texans take on the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Monday, September 9.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ESPN's digital platform, WatchESPN and the ESPN app, as well as via NFL Network online and on connected devices and fuboTV.

Form

The Saints have gone 2-2 in preseason, losing at home to the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins and beating the Los Angeles Chargers and the New York Jets on the road.

Houston, meanwhile, went 1-3. The Texans lost on the road to the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys and at home to the Los Angeles Rams. Their only win came on home turf against the Detroit Lions.

Series record

The all-time series is tied at 2-2, with Houston winning two of the last three games between the two teams, including the most recent meeting—a 24-6 win in Houston in November 2015.

The Saints last hosted the Texans in November 2011, winning 40-33.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, the Saints are seven-point favorites and evens to win and cover the spread, while the Texans are 12/5 underdogs and the over/under bar in terms of points scored is set at 52.5.

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