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We saw early in the game with him running some drags, coming across the middle of the field and outrunning some linebackers. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link.

Here's a look at why the role is so hard to fill, who the Saints have placed there in the past and who's cast into the role in the present.

4 Times Brees threw at least two interceptions in a game last season (the Saints were 1-3 in those games).

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws the ball Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, during the first half of an National Football League game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. He played just three games previous year and signed with New Orleans in the offseason as a free agent, hoping to prove that he's still one of the league's best running backs. The Broncos are a three-point favorite, and have been dominant against their division opponent in recent matchups. The emergence of Michael Thomas late a year ago gave Brees the reliable "big target" he prefers to have, and the array and diversity of weapons available to Brees will give him plenty of options - even against the league's best. "He got up on the safety, it was one-on-one and he ended up scoring", Harris said. Snead's 72 catches and 895 yards receiving both ranked third on the club last season. They scored that many offensive points in only one game last season - a 38-10 victory over Chicago in Week 17.

Brees noted that while Cooks is an excellent receiver, the club traded him back in March and began planning for life without him then. It talked about some weaknesses in the Saints offense that seem to get lost in the shuffle with the numbers Drew Brees puts up year after year.

"Obviously, we settled for too many field goals offensively and all of a sudden, got in catch-up mode", Payton said. If Zimmer really has the goods, this is the season to show it or he could be out of a job.

Okay, coach. But don't you think Peterson - who ranks 16th in National Football League career rushing yards (11,747) and 10th in rushing TDs (97) - will play with a chip on his shoulder? Former Vikings WR Randy Moss, one of ESPN's broadcast analysts, will be inducted in franchise's Ring of Honor with halftime ceremony.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Minneapolis.

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Two players who could see more action are fourth-year pro Brandon Coleman and second-year player Tommylee Lewis. His hands are about as soft and supple as an anvil, and he rarely was much good or much help in the Vikings' passing game.

Fans then will see if the 2017 Vikings can come up with any such plays of their own. "I think they were always rooting for him to dominate like he can".

"I think it'll be an adjustment for a couple weeks going in, because I'm used to being in there at all times", Peterson said, adding: "I knew what I was getting myself into".

"The next time I heard from them, I was in San Antonio, and I got a call from my agent around 1:30 (a.m.)", Peterson said.

Adrian Petersen rolls back in to Minnesota, but with the New Orleans Saints.

Hill wasn't about to divulge whether Payton might emphasize the Saints' full complement of tight ends in this week's passing game plan, but didn't rule it out. Joseph counters with the NFL's best pass defence of 2016.

But for the past decade, Peterson has been the constant, a brilliant player on teams that often failed to match his talent, a common theme among the greatest running backs of all time.

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