Dalvin Cook, Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs help Vikings roll to easy victory over Saints

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The Vikings opened up last season 5-0 with victories over the Titans, Packers, Panthers, Giants and Texans. They were considered legitimate Super Bowl contenders. They proceeded to lose their next four and eight of the final 11.

The Vikings hope for more sustained success this season.

Minnesota opened the 2017 season in equally impressive fashion, dominating the Saints 29-19. They scored that many offensive points in only one game last season — a 38-10 victory over Chicago in Week 17.

The Vikings defense was the Vikings defense, holding the Saints to four field goals until New Orleans scored a late touchdown after the game was decided. It’s the way the offense played Monday night that gives Minnesota hope for a better finish this season.

The revamped offensive line helped the Vikings average 4.3 yards per carry, while allowing only one sack.

Sam Bradford played the best game of his 16-game Vikings career, going 27-of-32 for 346 yards with three touchdowns and a 143.0 passer rating. He completed passes to seven different receivers.

Adam Thielen caught nine passes for 157 yards, and Stefon Diggs caught seven for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

Rookie running back Dalvin Cook picked up 127 yards on 22 carries as Vikings fans said, “Adrian who?” Adrian Peterson had only six carries for 18 yards in one of the least productive games of his career while playing his former team. His six carries matched a career low and his 18 yards were the third-fewest of his career.

54 responses to “Dalvin Cook, Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs help Vikings roll to easy victory over Saints

  1. It’s sad it happened to him but the Teddy injury actually worked out for the Vikings. I think Bradford is a much better, more complete QB then Bridgewater was ever going to be. Teddy checkdown could not have made some of these throws tonight.

  2. AP is “just warming up”. I will say as a vikes fan, AP was garbage the first few games the last 3 to 4 seasons. He needs a lot of carries to find a rhythm…unfortunately I dont think that will happen with the saints. He also needs a fullback…and no shotgun…yep he is done

  3. The Saints defense isn’t a good measuring stick but it was a good game to have for a revamped O-line. The offense looked good for game 1. The defense looked pretty good too but the Saints O-line was missing 2 starters & they traded away B. Cooks. You can’t rip the team, they won in unquestionable fashion, but take it for what it is one good first game.

  4. Vike’s look like the team too beat in the NFC north after week 1. Game on boy’s. Nice win. My pack didn’t look great and we got allot of calls. Even I could see that. Game on boy’s. GO PACK!!

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  5. This goes out specifically To my fellow vikings fans. Those of you calling for Bradfords head can eat your words. Those of you saying he can throw past 5 yards,
    can eat your words. This of you saying this team can’t contend can eat your words. Either get behind our quarterback, our coach, and this team or get off this ship!!!!!!

    Skol Vikes!!!!

  6. Solid win against a team that traded their #1 WR in the off-season, started a rookie LT and added 6 new starters on defense who clearly looked lost much of the time. Vikings did what they were supposed to do, beat a less talented team. Still a team led by one of the all-time greats, so that alone makes it a quality win. On to Steelers. Put Rhodes 1 on 1 against Martavious Bryant, double Brown, shadow Bell with Kendricks and go after Roethlisberger hard. Should be a great game.

  7. Dalvin Cook gets 127 yards in his debut as Peterson pouts on his new teams bench. Nice to see a Vikings team free from play calling centered around an aging and delusional Peterson. You had a great career AP, maybe should hang it up and go fishing or something.

  8. Solid effort by the revamped O-line and a rookie running back who rolled for 127. The pressure on Brees was considerable. Bradford looked like a #1 pick is supposed to look; accurate, in control and going downfield. Solid win. Sure the Packer trolls are nervous, but it’s too soon to proclaim anything, except saying Minnesota looks considerably more balanced. On to Pittsburgh!

  9. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    September 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm
    Vike’s look like the team too beat in the NFC north after week 1. Game on boy’s. Nice win. My pack didn’t look great and we got allot of calls. Even I could see that. Game on boy’s. GO PACK!!

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    Props to the Vikings for the win and keeping our offense in check. But imo, the jury is still out on their revamped O line because they jumped on our pathetic defense. Let’s see what they can do against a REAL defense like KC or Seattle. I’ll cheer for my Saints faithfully.

    Who dat!

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    mnfaninil says:
    September 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm
    Solid win against a team that traded their #1 WR in the off-season, started a rookie LT and added 6 new starters on defense who clearly looked lost much of the time. Vikings did what they were supposed to do, beat a less talented team. Still a team led by one of the all-time greats, so that alone makes it a quality win…………

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    A Vikings fan’s honest assessment of how good his team may or may not be.

  10. If the Saints defense is going to get torched by Sam Bradford imagine what the likes of Brady, Ryan etc are going to do to them. Saints fans should be very worried if this game is any indicator.

  11. That was an impressive win by the Vikings in every aspect. We will see who is the best in the division. I am staying with the Packers, but that was impressive. It looks like all 4 NFC North teams are pretty good. Too bad the Bears lost their best WRs, but they will still battle.

  12. 1-0 and the Viking fans are claiming, in no particular order:

    The deepest team in the nfc (and it’s not even close)
    The team to beat in the nfc
    Best qb in the division
    Are going to win 18 straight
    Best wide receiver duo in the division

    Am I missing anything? It was a good win, no doubt….but against a below average team…so maybe act like you’ve been there before. Geez.

  13. pkrlvr says:
    September 11, 2017 at 11:21 pm
    1-0 and the Viking fans are claiming, in no particular order:

    The deepest team in the nfc (and it’s not even close)
    The team to beat in the nfc
    Best qb in the division
    Are going to win 18 straight
    Best wide receiver duo in the division

    Am I missing anything? It was a good win, no doubt….but against a below average team…so maybe act like you’ve been there
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    You forgot: they won without the help of the referees

  14. schmitty2 says:

    If the Saints defense is going to get torched by Sam Bradford imagine what the likes of Brady, Ryan etc are going to do to them. Saints fans should be very worried if this game is any indicator.

    But, Alex Smith looked like a first ballot hall of famer against the Pats, imagine how good Bree’s will look if that game is any indicator.

  15. You forgot: they won without the help of the referees
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    Figured that went without saying given that you guys have said that after every single packer game since Pft has had a comment section.

  16. You guys? Remember I’m not a Viking fan. But let’s looks at the packer referee benefits: 3 of them yesterday. Des bryant catch. Non face mask against Erin. And those are the one I just remember. I’m sure I can dig up 10 more. What you got? An questionable call on a Hail Mary with replacement refs.

  17. You forgot: they won without the help of the referees

    In fact, the refs spotted the Saints a phantom unnecessary roughness call on Brees which resulted in 3 free points during this shredding.

  18. Awesome game. Really concerned about Waynes. Seems like a liability. Also, against better defenses we’ll see if treadwell is really ready to step up….obviously he didn’t have to tonight because diggs and thielen were open all night.

  19. No one is crowning Minnesota yet and there is a long way to go this season, But you have to like the balance the Vikings played with tonight, The offense line was very solid, Cook ran very well and Bradford was lights out. The defense is very good again. They should be in the the playoffs with a chance. Good start, but again tempered excitement.

  20. Great game. Looked nothing like the preseason. All the players mentioned in the thread- they owe a good portion of their great play to the O-Line- and the O-Line will get better as the season goes on and they gel. Let’s keep it rollin.’

  21. Liberalsruineverything says:

    The Packers passed on Dalvin Cook twice. That is all
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    The Vikings passed on Aaron Rodgers twice. Have a nice day.

  22. Nice game for the VIkings. I loved it. The only thing missing was an AP fumble.
    Boy am I glad the Packers passed on Cook.

  23. allight59 says:

    September 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Best WR duo/trio in the divison, best rb, and perhaps the best QB. Skol!

    Come on man! Try to pump the brakes a little an keep it real.This was one game against a putrid defense. Let’s see how the Vikes do when they play some real defenses. For one, I have seen Reilly Reiff play for 5 years, he is not the answer at LT. Gotta love you Viking fans always over-reacting to one win (or five…lol). Keep things in perspective. The Lions torched a much better defense in Arizona’s, but you Don’t see me making crazy declarations after one game. Skolololol. It’s one game in a sixteen game season, calm down and get back to us about 12 weeks from now.

  24. Cook and Ty cohen of the Bears may be the best RBs to come in this year. There should be an investigation, as to how Cook slipped in the draft. As a Panthers fan, I think we’re gonna find that Cohen is McCaffrey with real inside & out running ability…at a bargain basement price.

    Every week I will compare their stats. I know Cook will compare his numbers every week to those RBs chosen before him. The NFCN teams will not be pushovers this year. It should be fun to watch.

  25. The issue with Bradford has never been ability but durability. He was on a horrible team with the Rams and the O-line in Philly wasnt overly great either. Maybe now if the Vikes line holds up and he stays healthy we will get to see why he was a number 1 pick.

  26. pkrlvr says:
    “Figured that went without saying given that you guys have said that after every single packer game since Pft has had a comment section.”

    Uh, because in indisputably true & most fans of 32 teams (including cheesebay) recognize it as factual.

  27. leroysbutler says:
    September 12, 2017 at 3:59 am
    Liberalsruineverything says:

    The Packers passed on Dalvin Cook twice. That is all
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    The Vikings passed on Aaron Rodgers twice. Have a nice day.
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    The Vikings had an MVP candidate at QB at the time. The Packers have a WR playing RB. When cheesers keep making that point it just looks uninformed and childish.

  28. Ron Jull says:

    The issue with Bradford has never been ability but durability. He was on a horrible team with the Rams and the O-line in Philly wasnt overly great either. Maybe now if the Vikes line holds up and he stays healthy we will get to see why he was a number 1 pick.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Did you see what Bradford had for an Oline last year? I think he proved that he is durable last year.

  29. This is excellent. Excellent, I say! The Vikings played a good game against a quality opponent, and instead of being able to enjoy it, the purples are still only concerned with the Packers and Packer fans.

  30. Uh, because in indisputably true & most fans of 32 teams (including cheesebay) recognize it as factual.
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    Well your idea of factual and actual facts are quit different. Football database shows us right in the middle of the pack for penalties in 2016 and towards the upper end in 2015. Guess what, MN received the fewest penalties in 2015. But don’t let facts get in the way of your truth.

  31. pkrlvr says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Uh, because in indisputably true & most fans of 32 teams (including cheesebay) recognize it as factual.
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    Well your idea of factual and actual facts are quit different. Football database shows us right in the middle of the pack for penalties in 2016 and towards the upper end in 2015. Guess what, MN received the fewest penalties in 2015. But don’t let facts get in the way of your truth.

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    I’m reminded of the old saying “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

    No, wait. that’s not it.

    Now I remember. It’s “A hopping purple knows no reality.”

  32. Well your idea of factual and actual facts are quit different. Football database shows us right in the middle of the pack for penalties in 2016 and towards the upper end in 2015. Guess what, MN received the fewest penalties in 2015. But don’t let facts get in the way of your truth.

    Its not at all about the number of penalties, it is what penalties are called or not called and also WHEN they are called or not called that always seem to benefit the Packers.

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