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Saints vs. Vikings Final Score: New Orleans Edges Minnesota 20-9

The Saints earned their first victory of the season with a 20-9 win in which their much-maligned defense didn't allow a touchdown.

Sean Gardner

The New Orleans Saints started their third game of the year with the look of a team that wanted to put their 0-2 start firmly behind them. After two offensive drives, it was 13-0 (thanks to a botched extra point attempt) and the Vikings look to be primed for a blow out.

However, Minnesota's defense would stiffen up and keep the Saints offense scoreless in the second and third quarters.

Meanwhile, the vikings offense was able to somewhat drive the ball on the Saints defense, but could only muster up three field goals.

New Orleans finally broke through late in the third quarter, when Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn slammed Saints quarterback Drew Brees to the ground and drew a personal foul call.

A fired up Brees took advantage of the new set of downs generously offered to him by Munnerlyn and led his team to a fourth quarter touchdown that would seal the Vikings' fate.

New Orleans (1-2) is facing Dallas (2-1) on the road next Sunday night. This preparation week figures to be much more light-hearted than the first two.


Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Bridgewater 12 20 150 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Asiata 12 35 2.9 0
T. Bridgewater 6 27 4.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Jennings 5 70 14 0
C. Patterson 4 61 15.2 0
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Brees 27 35 293 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Robinson 18 69 3.8 0
P. Thomas 8 30 3.8 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Cooks 8 74 9.2 0
J. Graham 6 54 9 0