Dalvin Cook Breaks Vikings Record for Rushing Yards in Rookie Debut

Dalvin Cook Breaks Vikings Record for Rushing Yards in Rookie Debut

Dalvin Cook Breaks Vikings Record for Rushing Yards in Rookie Debut

While they had a great draft and a great preseason, this may be a new season with the same problems for the Saints.

In the case of the run game, it needs a lot of work. Instead, the Vikings limited the Saints to four field goals and a late touchdown with the game decided. More importantly, Adrian Peterson would be starting his first game with the Saints against his former teammates.

The Saints struggled in every facet of their offense against the Vikings. Adam Thielen caught nine passes for 157 yards, and tight end Kyle Rudolph added a touchdown reception for Minnesota. However, it was a completely different story in the second half for Cook, whose 127 yards on 22 carries broke Adrian Peterson's 2007 record of 103 for most yards by a Minnesota rookie in the opener. Thomas had a team-high 129 rushes for 625 yards and nine touchdowns. The defense was superb and didn't allow a touchdown until the game was well into garbage time, while Bradford maintained his accuracy from last season while employing a more expansive playbook.

He was staring daggers into the back of Payton's head, and apparently yelling something at his coach. However, they only converted four of 11 third downs on Monday night.

After getting the first two carries of the game, for last year's number one National Football League offense, Peterson went silent.

The injury didn't keep Barr from playing against the Saints. They're all hard to tackle.

TACKLE TROUBLE: With Terron Armstead still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, rookie Ryan Ramczyk started at left tackle for the Saints.

He can't be happy with the offense, and that includes quarterback Drew Brees.

And that inexperienced, depleted O-line was up against one of the most athletic defensive front-sevens in the league. Over the last three seasons, they have given up the most points in the NFL.

Now New Orleans has to try and slow down Tom Brady and New England's potent offense Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans has a very young and inexperienced secondary, and this was glaringly obvious on Monday night.

In fact, Peterson's first game with the Saints may best be remembered for a first-half sideline exchange with Saints Sean Payton.

On the flip side, Pats running back Rex Burkhead also was expecting to see a better effort from the Saints defense, which didn't have much luck containing Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.

"They took a chance on me, bringing me into this organization, so it's important for me to come out here and compete for those guys", Cook said. Much of that credit goes to the offensive line, which allowed just one sack and gave Bradford time to find his receivers. Jordan hasn't missed a game in five years and has played in over 90 percent of all plays. After getting comfortable with a few short throws, similar to what we saw most of past year, Bradford gained confidence and started taking chances downfield.

The Minnesota Vikings are going to be able to compete with the Green Bay Packers at the top of the NFC North with their play like Week 1.

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