Minnesota Vikings: Sam Bradford clearly in charge of offense

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford throws during training camp

This year they added LBs Elijah Lee and Ben Gedeon, and DT Jaleel Johnson through the draft.

Monday night's game received a lot of hype. "Obviously we're planning and game-planning New England, but we can't allow some of those mistakes to happen again".

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

The Saints struggled in every facet of their offense against the Vikings. Diggs finished the game with 7 catches for 93 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook stole the show in his debut, running for 127 yards on 22 carries to break Peterson's franchise record for most rushing yards by a rookie in his debut. Thomas had a team-high 129 rushes for 625 yards and nine touchdowns. The Saints ran for 57 total yards, Brees was under pressure most of the game and was sacked once by Everson Griffen.

He was staring daggers into the back of Payton's head, and apparently yelling something at his coach. Peterson also, had some choice words for Sean Payton on the sideline during the game. However, they only converted four of 11 third downs on Monday night. In addition to allowing two touchdowns on slow coverage reads, Vaccaro's 1.57 Yards/Cover Snap (per PFF) was one of the league's worst. By then, the Saints would still have to play three of the four teams from last year's playoffs (Lions, Packers and Falcons), as well as three additional games in the division. They're all hard to tackle.




Starting left tackle Terron Armstead is also missing from the Saints OL as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Coincidentally or not, Drew Brees never found a rhythm. Over the last three seasons, they have given up the most points in the NFL. But unless things improve, the New Orleans Saints won't have a choice.

New Orleans has a very young and inexperienced secondary, and this was glaringly obvious on Monday night. In the second half, the Saints could go with the hot hand, as runners usually get better as they get a feel for the blocking, defense and the game in general.

"They took a chance on me, bringing me into this organization, so it's important for me to come out here and compete for those guys", Cook said. They have outstanding defensive end play much like he had in Cincinnati, that's a formable group. Jordan hasn't missed a game in five years and has played in over 90 percent of all plays.

Given a full offseason to implement his offense, Pat Shurmur showed the Saints' defense many unique looks and took advantage of their lack of experience playing together. Back in 2009, the last time the Patriots were here, the Saints dominated, 38-17 arguable their biggest statement win in route to a Super Bowl.

It's true, Dalvin Cook doesn't have the same skillset as the erstwhile Purple Jesus, and he's certainly not as talented as #28 was when he came into the league, but that's not to say he's not a good player and a great prospect. An extremely slow start could leave them buried in the dust of their NFC South rivals beyond any hope of recovery.

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