Dalvin Cook sets Vikings rookie record, makes stir fry

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook at right in an Aug. 27 2017 file

Cook totaled 127 yards on 22 carries in the Vikings' win over the Saints on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

If you're wondering why Adrian Peterson only played nine snaps against the Vikings, it's because the Saints could not handle Linval Joseph at all. I think [Monday] was really the first time it translated onto the field. Not only that, but Cook would have added to his ten receiving yards if he had managed to hang onto a couple of swing passes.

"Obviously, we have to be better in communicating in our third-down situations", linebacker A.J. Klein said.

They squandered multiple opportunities in the red zone (one TD, five trips). The Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on the road overall, while the Steelers 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. They've got a Super Bowl-winning coach over there. It's their home opener. I was so hyped to see the Vikings embarrass a Saints team that ripped my heart out in 2010. This meant additional pressure on Drew Brees during the game. They don't trick or confuse themselves much like a lot of the defenses he's always been associated with.

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After being constantly hit and sacked 37 times previous year (tied for fourth-most in the league), Bradford's offensive line kept him relatively clean against the Saints and he leveraged the time to complete 9-of-10 intermediate and downfield passes for 234 yards and two scores, according to Pro Football Focus.

"It's the NFL. Any given week, things can change", Burkhead said. It's going to be about how we prepare defensively for this offense.

Vikings fans, you do realize that I was unbelievably outnumbered?

The Saints offensive line, considered to be a strength of the team, continues to take hits. I know we didn't play great as an offense during the preseason games. "Whether it's down there or it's in (the middle of the) field playing safety, either way, you're just playing and competing". At 32-years-old and after plenty of injuries, Peterson isn't the unstoppable running back that he used to be, thus perhaps Payton's partly keeping the future Hall of Famer in the dog house.

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The most effective running back was Adrian Peterson, who gained 18 yards on six carries, nine of which came on his first tote of the game.

Comparatively, rookie Alvin Kamara led the Saints with 31 snaps, while returning starter Mark Ingram appeared in 26 plays.

"They're all risky, but they all have their different skill sets", Pats coachBill Belichick said during a conference call. If this was in Minnesota, we might be inclined to lean towards the Vikings a little more but in Pittsburgh? The run game has the chance to improve against the Patriots, but they need to figure things out and figure them out quick. They're all hard to tackle. "Kamara's got that, but maybe not quite as much, but very elusive". Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spoke highly of the newcomer.

When healthy, Peterson has shown he is a beast of a running back. We have our work cut out for us in preparing to play these guys and what they're capable of.

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