Quiet start for Adrian Peterson as Saints rotate running backs

Vikings Offense Shines In Season Opening Win Over Saints

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Maybe that's why he tried to convince everyone that what seemed to be angry words for his coach, Sean Payton, in the third quarter shouldn't have been considered a big deal. First of all, as I'm sure you know, home teams are typically spotted 3-points because of the advantage of playing in front of your hometown crowd (even if they sometimes do that new clapping thing when the Vikings have the ball). With Minnesota's defense stifling the New Orleans attack, and Stefon Diggs doing his best Moss impersonation, the Vikings rolled to a 29-19 victory. Rookie Alvin Kamara also played a big role - sometimes lining up on the field at the same time as Ingram.

It wouldn't surprise me if this wasn't the beginning of Drew Brees' farewell tour with the Saints. It's the only doubleheader of the year as four teams make their regular-season debuts.

The Vikings spent the off-season trying to fix an offensive line that was problematic previous year, including the addition of new bookend offensive tackles - Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers.

New Orleans players could obviously gain some insight from running back Adrian Peterson, who played at U.S. Bank Stadium past year with the Vikings.

"Obviously Diggs made some good plays", coach Mike Zimmer said. While the offense rarely is an issue, New Orleans' defense has languished near the bottom of the National Football League for the last three seasons - including a 31st rank in points allowed in 2016.

Quiet start for Adrian Peterson as Saints rotate running backs
Quiet start for Adrian Peterson as Saints rotate running backs

Peterson spent his first 10 seasons with the Vikings, emerging as perhaps the best pure runner of his generation while he made seven trips to the Pro Bowl, set the single-game rushing record and racked up 2,097 yards in a 2012 season that began about 10 months after he had reconstructive knee surgery. Each running back played in one preseason game. That one shotgun snap also saw Peterson motioned out wide and Brees sacked.

Tonight's game is part one of ESPN's annual Monday Night Football season opening double header. My pick for Defensive Player of the Year, Bosa is back in a 4-3 system that suits his skillset, and he's ready to feast on opposing quarterbacks with bad offensive lines. He's no longer a 20-carries-per-game player. Last season they were No. 31 in points allowed and No. 27 in yards allowed.

On the opposite side of the field, the Saints secondary had no answer for Diggs, who registered six receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.

Payton said the Saints planned to hold their walkthrough at the stadium on Sunday night, a day before the game.

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