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Game recap: Minnesota Vikings 29, New Orleans Saints 19

12 September 2017

It wouldn't surprise me if this wasn't the beginning of Drew Brees' farewell tour with the Saints.

New Orleans (0-1) is now battling one other familiar problem that has plagued this team throughout each of the past three years - slow starts.

New Orleans enters the season looking for their first playoff appearance since 2013.

The first Monday night of the season is great because we get two Monday Night Football games. Given the nature of the team's offense and defense, Payton should have gone for it.

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He ranks No. 16 in National Football League history in rushing yards and with 328 more yards this season will pass Thurman Thomas for No. 15. Vikings receiver Adam Thielen had nine catches for 157 yards. "And I see that for what it is", Peterson said.

Penalties hurt the Saints as they had six for 52 yards, two of which were for 15 yards and extended the Vikings' opening scoring drive.

At first, Peterson said the brief exchange, video of which circulated on the Internet during the game, was "confidential" and "just communication". Brandon Coleman will step in for Snead while he nestles in a hole in his couch. Additionally, New Orleans drafted Tennessee standout Alvin Kamara in the third round in April. He did it with shorter passes since he was constantly besieged behind a lackluster offensive line.

In fairness, none of the Saints ball carriers played well. At least not in the preseason.

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On another occasion, the Saints ran Peterson on a second-and-short, only to remove him for the third-down play, which clearly telegraphed a pass.

Today's game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings has a scheduled start time of 7.10 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the ESPN network. There was no energy from the Vikings, no flow on offense or defense and it all led to a 20-3 loss in a game where they were favored to win.

Betting odds surrounding the Vikings' home opener are in favor of the home side with bet365 Sports posting odds of 1.62. Three rookies - cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Marcus Williams and linebacker Alex Anzalone - were among the new guys as well as three free agents - linebackers A.J. Klein and Manti Te'o and defensive end Alex Okafor.

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Game recap: Minnesota Vikings 29, New Orleans Saints 19