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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Minnesota Vikings are known for their defense but Sam Bradford and the Vikings offense made their own statement Monday night against the Saints. Bradford threw for 3 touchdowns passes, no interceptions, and completed 27 passes out of 32 attempts. That was a nearly perfect performance for the Vikings veteran quarterback and when Bradford plays like this Minnesota takes it up a notch. Dalvin Cook also showed why he is extremely valuable to the Vikings offense and the rookie running back rushed for 127 yards in his NFL debut. Clearly that output helped alleviate pressure off Bradford which resulted in both the passing game and running game being optimized. Last year the Vikings didn’t get good enough results running the ball but Cook seems to be the cure to all those problems, which makes Minnesota a very potent offense overall. Adam Thielen had a big day of contributions too, the Vikings receiver recorded 9 receptions for 157 yards to lead all Minnesota players. Stefon Diggs also had a big day for the purple people eaters he caught two touchdowns passes and showcased big time playmaking abilities. With all of these pieces the Vikings are clearly in a better position than they’ve been in a long time. On top of that they still are tough as nails on the defense side of the ball with players like Everson Griffin who had 6 tackles and 1 sacks in Minnesota’s win. Trae Waynes had 11 tackles for Mike Zimmer’s defense too, so collectively the Vikings are still one of the best in the league defensively which will serve this team well in their quest for a Super Bowl. On the other hand the Saints struggled in this game. Brees did finish with 291 yards and 1 touchdown but New Orleans defense couldn’t keep them in the game. Coby Fleener was a notable offensive performer for the Saints catching a touchdowns pass and adding 54 yards. A.J Klein played pretty well for Sean Payton’s team in the loss. Klein finished the night with 11 tackles and 1 forced fumble. Expect Minnesota to be make a serious push for a playoff spot this season, they are much better offensively than last year’s team.
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