Bradford, Vikings drub Saints, spoil Peterson's return


Additionally, Peterson was caught by the ESPN cameras trying to get head coach Sean Payton's attention on the sideline. Tonight we will be treated to two games featuring the Minnesota Vikings hosting to New Orleans to take on the Saints, followed by the LA Chargers against the Denver Broncos.

Nevertheless, Peterson had reason to be disappointed with his paltry snap count, and given the Saints' porous defense and Payton's long-standing preference for passing plays, that could be the case for much of the season. Minnesota won the game 29-19, and Peterson might have had more touches if the Saints weren't playing from a two-score deficit for the entire second half. Adrian Peterson is pushing him for time and rookie Alvin Kamara is probably the most explosive back of the three. "I could've said, 'I love you'". When Payton turned around, Peterson dropped a "you should let me play or else" face.

Bradford and company more than met that standard on Monday night, with two outsized figures in the building and their specters hanging in the air. "I felt like when we got into the second half, we were having trouble stopping much of anything".

This new group kept him clean for the most part and Bradford got to show off the one trait that made him a No. 1 overall pick once upon a time - his nearly legendary accuracy.

The fourth quarter saw Bradford complete on another touchdown pass; this one was a 15-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph.

"I'm pretty excited about it - just trying to keep myself calm until Monday night comes around", said Peterson, who spent all of his previous 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

"I think this is big for us", Bradford said. He carried the ball six times for 18 yards, which is tied for his third-worst rushing output in the regular season.

The Vikings' OL was disastrous last season.

"Just communicating with him", Peterson said.

After sitting out almost the entire season, a remorseful Peterson returned in 2015 to win his third rushing title and restore some of the goodwill he had lost during the previous year. The Saints attempted a goal-line play action to Peterson that was sniffed out and sent a frustrated Peterson back to the bench with no catch and no points.

The Saints offense was forced to settle for four Wil Lutz field goals (43, 21, 24 and 20 yards) and late 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Brees to tight end Coby Fleener.

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