The New Orleans Saints march on over the Vikings in season opener

The New Orleans Saints proved that the “Superbowl hungover” was not going to deter them as they overcame the Minnesota Vikings 14-9 Thursday in the NFL season opener.

The Saints QB Drew Brees held strong and showed how this game was going to go within the first few minutes of the game as they scored a TD with 12 minutes left in the first quarter as well as the Vikings picking up a penalty, losing yards on the kick-off.

The Vikings weren’t going to make this an easy victory for the World Champs. They respond with a 33-yard pass to Shiancoe, which then led to a TD pass to Shiancoe with 40 seconds left in the first half; the teams would go into the locker room at halftime with the Vikings leading 9-7.

But the Saints would prevail in the end and took the W ending the game 14-9.

Some key people on both teams to look out for:

From the Minnesota Vikings, RB Adrian Peterson proved why he is one of the best in the league and is making up for the loss of Chester Taylor (went to Chicago).

Jared Allen apparently almost missed his calling as a top DE in the NFL and first went to culinary school (thank God for the Vikings he changed his trade).

A pickup from Miami, Camarillo almost changed the outcome of the game Thursday with a 27-yard catch late in the fourth quarter.

Shiancoe, a free agent pickup from the Giants, might possibly be the go-to guy that Favre is going to be looking for to replace Sidney Rice, who is out due to a hip surgery.

LB Henderson and Greenway are two underrated players that keep the defense in Minnesota, under defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, one of the better ones in the league.  In last years championship game against the Saints, though the Saints would inevitably go on to win the Superbowl after winning this game, the Vikings defense only allowed 275 yards–the least for the Saints.

From the Saints, their leader is one to watch out for. Drew Brees is calm, smart and reliable. Ironically, playing opposite Brett Favre, showed how Brees is a younger version of one of the most well-known QBs. Let’s just hope Brees doesn’t have us on a roller coaster ride of retirement? Or play? when he is 41-years old.

Reggie Bush. Despite all the hype the past week of whether or not he is going to be stripped of his Heisman trophy from 2005 after the allegations and iron fist being dropped on USC and Lane Kiffen, Bush proved to be undaunted and is keeping his head in the present and future as the Saints attempt to go for a run at the Superbowl again.

Meachem and Lance Moore are reliable options for Brees to look for when needed–even though Meachem couldn’t get his knee down in the 4th quarter to get an edge over the Vikings, he still works well with Brees and pulls the ball down.

Meachem and Brees have great chemistry, too. Their completion percentage is 79.6%, TDs = 9 and they have no interceptions between the two.

Hartley is also a dynamite player for the Saints to have, the kicker who had three 40 + yard FG’s in the post season last year.

On defense, LB Jonathon Vilma (who got his 11 interception on Thursday against Favre), Harper and Ayadelle (blocks the Vikings attempt for a FG point conversion, leaving the score at 9-7 at halftime).

One thing the Saints defense needs to remember next meet up with Favre and the Vikings: need to hit Favre more and not let him get comfortable.

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One Response to “The New Orleans Saints march on over the Vikings in season opener”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Nice recap.

    I believe this will be Shiancoe’s fourth year with the Vikings. Al Michaels was a bit misleading with the Free Agent talk. Sure, he was a free agent, but that was back in 2007.

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