Game recap: Minnesota Vikings 29, New Orleans Saints 19

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Bradford, meanwhile, regularly found open targets as wide receiver Adam Thielen totaled nine catches for 157 yards and Stefon Digs added seven catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson finished with just 18 yards on six carries, coming out of the game on most third downs as he did in Minnesota.

Peterson who is now playing for the Saints rushed for 18 yards on 6 carries and he had a few words for New Orleans head coach Sean Payton. You've heard the old adage that get the pass going to feed the run, get the run going to feed the pass, but getting Bradford off the ground early is going to be huge for Dalvin Cook and the success of the Vikings inexperienced offensive line.

Sam Bradford is the first Vikings QB to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in a season opener since Tommy Kramer - the only other QB to do it - in 1980.

New Orleans won the first ever meet up with the Vikings, 20-17, in October, 1968.

It marks the return of longtime Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to Minnesota. The Saints have now lost four consecutive openers.

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Perhaps Peterson would have seen more action if the game had played out differently, but it's possible he will always remain third among the trio in touches since New Orleans is a pass-first offense - especially if the Saints' defense keeps forcing them to play from behind. "Offensively we got them; defensively we stopped them", Zimmer said.

In five Saints trips to the red zone Monday night, Minnesota's defense allowed only one New Orleans touchdown. The potential eighth is cornerback P.J. Williams, but he started the first two games last season.

"At the end of the day, the offensive played great, our special teams played great, so really this was truly a team victory for us", Robison said. Veteran Senio Kelemete replaced Strief. On a night when Randy Moss was inducted to the Vikings' Ring of Honor at halftime, Diggs also managed to pay homage to the legendary talent. It's the only doubleheader of the year as four teams make their regular-season debuts.

Peterson spent 10 seasons in Minnesota and gave it his all for the Vikings.

The Chargers have some good pass rushers of their own with ends Josy Bosa and Melvin Ingram, who will present a big challenge for the Broncos rookie left tackle, Garrett Bolles.



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