Vikings' Bradford stars in 29-19 win

Saints or Vikings? NFL bloggers debate who will cover Monday night

Saints or Vikings? NFL bloggers debate who will cover Monday night

Kai Forbath did miss an extra point.

Three of the Vikings' biggest plays came on confounding mistakes by the Saints. Adrian Peterson's very first regular season game with the Saints was an absolute disaster, and neither Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara did anything to make the run game work better.

"You can't say enough about him", Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford said of Cook. Peterson had 18 yards on six carries.

Brees threw for 291 yards and one touchdown.

The quarterback who picked apart New Orleans on Monday was a far cry from "captain checkdown", averaging 10.81 yards per attempt en route to totalling 346 yards and three touchdowns for a career-high passer rating of 143.0.

"People jump to conclusions and make their own assumptions when they have no idea what was said", Peterson told reporters after his Saints debut was ruined by the Minnesota Vikings, his former team. He also added three receptions for 10 yards. Cook is just getting started, but his performance Monday night on the national stage should have fans excited. And Sam Bradford took advantage.

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. He also found Kyle Rudolph for a score.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was widely credited with a shrewd game plan that helped Bradford find favorable matchups for wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen as he gradually opened up the attack with some laser-like long tosses down the field.

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

Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe, who along with several other players were on hand at one of the Bridge Over Troubled Waters facilities in Brighton yesterday to put the finishing touches on a playground provided by the team and the National Football League, said the defense will be ready on Sunday for a Saints offense that's much more prolific at putting the ball in the end zone. So that might be a little bit longer practice times (Wednesday) and/or Thursday.

The Saints defense got off to a disappointing start on Monday, compounded by an embarrassing error on the first play of the season.

The key sequence might have come in the first series. Drew Brees is just like Tom (Brady). They are going to stretch you with that bunch, they will get after your quarterback. But what can we take away from a review of the All-22 game film that we can use to project the Vikings' future?

Adrian Peterson is one of the most productive running backs in National Football League history.

Kamara played 31 snaps, while Ingram played 26 snaps and Peterson lined up for nine snaps. The other members of the committee are more valuable in the passing game, though, so Peterson was hardly used after halftime.

The frequently heavy pressure allowed by Minnesota's offensive line last season prompted, naturally, just as much heat on the group from outside of the team. Regardless, Peterson left town both disappointed with his lack of playing time and with a loss.

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