On this play, Jerick McKinnon could have driven a truck through the hole that was opened up by rookie center Pat Elflein (and FB CJ Ham).
Monday night's game received a lot of hype.
As the Saints prepare to take on the New England Patriots in their home opener, the offense is bound to bounce back.
Former Vikings/current Saints running back Adrian Peterson barely broke a sweat in his much-ballyhooed homecoming.
The Saints struggled in every facet of their offense against the Vikings. Game-winning ticket Adrian Peterson started strong with nine yards on his first play, but by the third quarter, had only five carries. He had only six carries for 18 yards and was not at all happy about the way he was used by Saints Coach Sean Payton. He finished the game with 182 yards.
As he paced behind Payton, Peterson yelled and then glared in the direction of the coach.
The Saints could also utilize a 2-2-1 system in the first half, running Peterson or Ingram for the first two series, the other one for the next two series and Kamara for the third series. Not to mention the fact that his connections with his top wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, as well as tight end Kyle Rudolph, are all continuing to flourish.
The injury didn't keep Barr from playing against the Saints.
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An early touchdown could have changed the game completely, but that didn't happen.
With Terron Armstead still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, rookie Ryan Ramczyk started at left tackle for the Saints. Coincidentally or not, Drew Brees never found a rhythm. Last season, Bradford and Shurmur were at the bottom of the league, feeding into their conservative stereotype. Over the last three seasons, they have given up the most points in the NFL.
Unfortunately for Peterson, however, that situation is all too familiar for New Orleans, which hasn't reached the playoffs since 2013.
New Orleans has a very young and inexperienced secondary, and this was glaringly obvious on Monday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the favorites in this game over the Minnesota Vikings. The front seven did not add any pressure and no defensive backs defended a pass all night.
Anzalone was credited with two tackles and a pass defended, an end-zone breakup that allowed the Saints to hold the Vikings to a field goal on Minnesota's first drive.
"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. Jordan hasn't missed a game in five years and has played in over 90 percent of all plays. He had 14 attempts for 105 yards in the second half to help the Vikings salt away the clock.
Minnesota defeated the Saints 29-19 during the contest, but the performances of three players from the Vikings caught the eye of Pro Football Focus, who placed them on their Team of the Week on the official PFF website. After getting comfortable with a few short throws, similar to what we saw most of a year ago, Bradford gained confidence and started taking chances downfield.