What we learned from the Vikings-Saints game film

Rosalie Stanley
September 15, 2017

Thomas was in his second year but was starting to establish himself as a versatile player similar to Ingram, although Thomas never had a 1,000-yard season. "Just communicating with him", Peterson told reporters.

Brees was 27-of-37 passing for 291 yards and a touchdown.

Sam Bradford completed 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings whipped the New Orleans Saints, 29-19.

With former league MVP Peterson sitting on the sidelines for much of his New Orleans' debut, Cook seized command as his 127 yards was 24 more than Peterson's Viking debut, and nearly double what Peterson gained last season in Minnesota. In seven of his 10 seasons, Peterson has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, including a 2,000-yard rushing season in 2012. Cook is just getting started, but his performance Monday night on the national stage should have fans excited.

I sat in my seats in awe of Sam Bradford throwing the ball with pin-point accuracy.

For all of Payton's creativity, Peterson has always been the powerful back who thrived on a healthy load of carries that wore defenses down - and so often stung them with big plays later in the game because of it. Any time a player can catch 90% of the passes thrown their way, pick up yards after the catch, and accumulate 157 receiving yards, you know you have a reliable, capable, and explosive part of a high-powered offense.

Diggs put on an absolute show on Monday night, catching 7 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. He also found Kyle Rudolph for a score.

One more step closer to Trubisky time-although at this point he has nearly nobody to throw to. The way the first Saints' drive began seeing AP pushing the pile for eight yards and then Brees marching the team had me a little concerned, but the Vikings defense played with pure heart and desire. The defense was superb and didn't allow a touchdown until the game was well into garbage time, while Bradford maintained his accuracy from last season while employing a more expansive playbook.

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The key sequence might have come in the first series. Drew Brees shed some light on what it's like to match wits with Bill Belichick.

FLAGS FLY: The Saints had three unnecessary roughness calls in the first half.

While the Giants got some pressure, overall they struggled to bring Prescott down. Zach Strief took a serious blow before leaving the game because of this injury. It was a must-win game for New Orleans given the difficulty of their upcoming schedule.

Peterson was disappointed with his return to Minnesota, only finishing with 18 yards from six carries.

Kamara played 31 snaps, while Ingram played 26 snaps and Peterson lined up for nine snaps. Cameras showed him saying something to head coach Sean Payton - who didn't seem pleased with the exchange - which sparked a widespread belief Peterson was unhappy with his playing time. The biggest area of improvement for the Vikings' line was at left tackle, where TJ Clemmings had a torrid time last season, prompting the team to bring in Riley Reiff from the Lions on a five-year contract worth almost $12 million a year.

Cook spoke to Peterson afterward on the field, their first meeting. The next test is Sunday at Pittsburgh, which won't be easy.

The season is still long, however, and more touches may come Peterson's way in the coming weeks.

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