Published 6:39 a.m. ET Sept. 9, 2019
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USA TODAYWeek 1 of the 2019 NFL season — the league’s 100th campaign — concludes with a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader on ESPN.The opening game features two teams coming off division title-winning seasons, the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This will be the Saints’ first game since the team’s season ended in a controversial NFC Championship Game loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Texans’ 2019 season ended with a wild-card playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.Saints quarterback Drew Brees enters the season ranked second all-time in passing touchdowns (520, to Peyton Manning’s 539) — he’s already the NFL’s career leader in yards passing (74,437) and completions (6,586).NFL NEWS, DELIVERED: Get exclusive NFL analysis and commentary in your inboxTexans quarterback Deshaun Watson, meanwhile, is one of four quarterbacks with 40-plus touchdown passes in first 20 career games, joining Patrick Mahomes, Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.Here’s everything you need to know for the game:Date: Monday, Sept. 9Kickoff time: 7:10 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNStream: WatchESPN, NFL Game Pass (out of market)Location: Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeOdds: Saints -6.5, over/under 52.0Texans vs. Saints key readings:STILL STINGS: Saints fans still demanding answers from NFL over blown call in title gameREADY TO MOVE ON: Saints’ long-awaited shot at redemption starts vs. TexansBEATING LONG ODDS: Saints high on small-stature, small-school rookie returnerAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideIf you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. Join our Facebook Group, The Ruling Off the Field, to engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders.