Vikings open 2017 tonight hosting New Orleans

Vikings open 2017 tonight hosting New Orleans

But the Vikings will go as far as their defense takes them.

Dealing strikes to his receivers on all three passes on the drive, which went for 74 yards and a touchdown, Bradford was on fire.

The surprisingly efficient Minnesota Vikings zipped past a New Orleans Saints team still in search of their complex offensive rhythm, 29-19, in Minneapolis on Monday. He finished with six carries for 18 yards.

We will start to find out if either plan will work starting Monday night. I think we did a good job at making plays, kept [Drew Brees] off the field.

Bradford completed 27 of 32 passes with no turnovers.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph added a touchdown reception in the second half for Minnesota (1-0).

Adrian Peterson doesn't appear to be too happy with his workload.

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You heard me right, as unconventional as it might sound, Sam Bradford is arguable the most important key to the Vikings success on the ground tonight.

"It felt great", Cook said. "I didn't really know what to expect coming in. It is what it is". And on the next play, Bradford's first touchdown of the season was as easy as they come, as he connected with Diggs for a 15-yard score after a play fake froze the Saints' defense. But the biggest thing is going out and beating the New Orleans Saints.

UPDATE: Saints coach Sean Payton denied the exchange was heated. "It felt great competing and getting a 'W'".

According to our schedule adjusted metrics, the Saints were absolutely awful on the defensive side of the ball last season. My pick for Defensive Player of the Year, Bosa is back in a 4-3 system that suits his skillset, and he's ready to feast on opposing quarterbacks with bad offensive lines. The division promises to be one of the toughest in the entire league this year and a Week 1 win for either team will put them in line with the Raiders and the Chiefs whom both won their season openers. A lot of them came in the second half after New Orleans held the rookie to just 22 yards before both teams hit the locker room.

The Saints desperately need to find a way to create pressure on quarterbacks and play better in coverage if they hope to prove that Week 1 was a fluke and this season will be different than the past three.

NOTES: New Orleans RT Zach Strief left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury and didn't return. Former Vikings WR Randy Moss, one of ESPN's broadcast analysts, will be inducted in franchise's Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony.

The two games will be played one night following the death of Don Ohlmeyer, who was one of the original producers of "Monday Night Football".