New Orleans at Minnesota

Vikings Offense Shines In Season Opening Win Over Saints

Vikings Offense Shines In Season Opening Win Over Saints

The Saints are scheduled to open the regular season Monday night against the Vikings.

Adrian Petersen rolls back in to Minnesota, but with the New Orleans Saints. The game will feature two teams who missed out on the playoffs last season, so expect both rosters to be hungry in this one.

As 2016 showed, this team will really only get as far as its offensive line will carry it and considering the fact that tonight's line hasn't really played together as a unit yet, it could be rough going for them and the Vikings offense as they attempt to get to know one another.

Peterson spent 10 games in Minnesota, rushing for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns. "I'm all about winning".

As for the game itself, New Orleans' boosted offense would have its hands full with Minnesota's stingy defense.

Peterson could have returned to Minnesota, but the Vikings declined to pick up the $18 million option on his contract.

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New Orleans at Minnesota

It will not be pretty, but I think the Vikings can squeak out a victory to start the season 23-17. Alexander played behind Captain Munnerlyn, who left for browner pastures in Carolina this off-season and Waynes still will be splitting time with ageless wonder Terrance Newman (who will also fill in at the nickel, if training camp was any indication).

For the Saints, they head into Minnesota looking to finally get over the seven-win hump. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph and linebacker Eric Kendricks are the leaders of the pack, and defensive end Everson Griffen ranked in the mid-20s of his position on Pro Football Focus. Both underperformed in 2016, but only one looks certain to bounce back. The Saints nor the Vikings can survive on talent alone.

Matt is a writer for the New Orleans Saints.

The preseason offered no insight on how the Saints would balance their new backfield dynamic.

"Prediction: Saints- 31, Vikings- 21".

As for the Vikings, it's their time to prove they don't need Peterson.

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