Sam Bradford started his second deteriorate with Minnesota in style, flitting for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns to assistance a Vikings kick New Orleans 29-19 on Monday night and spoil Adrian Peterson’s initial diversion with a Saints.
Stefon Diggs had 7 receptions for 93 yards, dual for scores and all in a initial half, and Adam Thielen racked adult 157 yards on 9 catches as Bradford forged adult a Saints invulnerability that looked again like one of a misfortune in a joining notwithstanding a vital renovation. Rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries in a grave takeover from Peterson.
“When I’ve got time to lay behind there and kind of weigh things, I’ve got all a certainty in a universe that a guys outward are going to win,” Bradford said.
Peterson was singular to 18 yards on 6 carries, in a time share with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara and an afterthought once a Saints fell behind. Drew Brees was quiet, too, with 291 yards on 27-for-37 flitting padded by a late pull to locate up.
“We didn’t do anything opposite or try to out-trick them,” Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said. “You know, line adult and play, do your job.”
Coby Fleener hold a usually touchdown toss, after a 2-minute warning. Will Lutz done 4 margin goals, 3 underneath 25 yards.
“The bottom line,” Brees said, “is you’ve got to measure touchdowns.”
Brees and Bradford are both in a final year of their contracts, with a same agent, Tom Condon, who is certain to money in on both clients. Brees has by distant a improved resume, 9 seasons serve into his career, though Bradford stole a uncover on this prime-time stage.
Behind mostly purify pockets combined by a remade descent line, Bradford finished 27 of 32 passes though a turnover. With 3 rookies and 3 giveaway agents in a starting lineup, a Saints attempted tough to improved a invulnerability that has hold Brees and association behind given a Super Bowl pretension 8 years ago. The initial opening left a lot to be desired, with Diggs and Thielen consistently anticipating auspicious matchups underneath.
“I only try to run a route, locate a pass, though Sam, we know, he’s a slinger,” Diggs said.
There were 3 nonessential harshness calls in a initial half by a Saints. Two of a personal fouls aided a expostulate that finished with one of 3 margin goals by Kai Forbath, who missed one additional point. The other 15-yarder was on reserve Kenny Vaccaro for head-hunting Diggs during an acrobatic locate in a shutting seconds of a initial half. Diggs came right behind with another highlight-reel squeeze to give a Vikings a 16-6 lead during a break.
Cameron Jordan and A.J. Klein any had their hands on a sloping pass in a finish section that fluttered off Cook’s hands, blank a vicious event to frustrate that expostulate and keep a necessity during 4 points.