The story leading into the Vikings season opener against the Saints was Adrian Peterson's return to Minnesota, but that's about as far as that story went. The real story tonight was Sam Bradford and the offensive line.
After a couple field goals from both teams, Saints led 6-3 in the second quarter. Sam Bradford with a play action pass to a wide open Stefon Diggs in the end zone.The fifth round draft pick has the first touchdown of the day for the Vikings, and Vikings lead 10-6.
More from this duo in the second quarter, Bradford puts it up for digs who makes the great catch. The newcomer punts the ball in the stands in celebration. After a review, Diggs gets both feet in the end zone and Vikings extend their lead 16-6.
19-9 to start the fourth quarter, and Bradford finds Kyle Rudolph on the goal line. He takes it in for the touchdown and Vikings extend their lead 29-19.
29-19 is the final. Bradford with 341 yards passing and three touchdowns.
The focus was on Peterson before tonight's game, but the future of the Vikings Running backs, Dalvin Cook ended up being the bigger story after 127 rushing yards in his NFL debut.
"Man, Dalvin you just can't say enough about him," Quarterback Sam Bradford said. "I think we have all been impressed with him since he showed up. I think I would probably be lying if I said I didn't expect that from him tonight. That's how good we think he is. He is a great player, and I expect him to only get better."