Key Stats That Tell How The Vikings Beat The Saints

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford throws during training camp

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"So just throughout the course of the game you just have to expect the unexpected a little bit and be very on point with your communication and just how you handle how they're trying to defend you".

That Peterson's 18 rushing yards actually tied Kamara for the team lead, 1 more than Ingram's 17, underscored just how out of whack it was. His offensive line, which struggled past year, gave him plenty of time to execute, and it showed with his 84.4% completion percentage, 346 passing yards, and three touchdowns.

Add to that the manner in which New Orleans' much-maligned defense was gashed - the Vikings put up 470 yards, had touchdown drives of 89 and 95 yards, and a field goal drive that went 14 plays - and it was not about complementary football. That breaks the previous record for a rookie running back in his debut, set by Peterson. The Vikings had the second most passing yards in Week 1.

Through three quarters, when it counted most, Brees & Co. had produced nine points and fewer than 200 total yards.

In a tale of two offenses on Monday Night Football, the normally-average Minnesota Vikings sizzled, while the normally-above-average New Orleans Saints fizzled. Sam Bradford is a monster key to this team. "They play Cincinnati's defense every year, twice a year and so they probably have an edge that way", Zimmer said.

On the touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph, Sam Bradford made a great throw.

While the Saints secondary has its weaknesses, it was a welcomed surprise to see Bradford stepping up and throwing the ball down the field.

The only defensive player worth noting was defensive end Cameron Jordan, with one of only two batted passes all game, the Saints lone sack and the Saints only two quarterback hits. They had just one touchdown to show for it.

The Saints defense got off to a disappointing start on Monday, compounded by an embarrassing error on the first play of the season. Drew Brees shed some light on what it's like to match wits with Bill Belichick. They're going to get to work. A touchdown there and the game likely would've taken a much different turn.

As the Saints prepare to take on the New England Patriots in their home opener, the offense is bound to bounce back.

The coaching staff is well aware of the Saints' three-headed monster at running back, starting with Adrian Peterson.

Kamara played 31 snaps, while Ingram played 26 snaps and Peterson lined up for nine snaps. I figured head coach Sean Payton couldn't wait to give Peterson the ball once the regular season started, the way they were hyping him up.

There is definitely a lot more pressure on the Saints defense then there is on the Saints offense. 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. Peterson is a seven-time Pro Bowler, has four All Pro seasons and was named NFL MVP following the 2012 campaign.

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