NFL Schedule Week 1

Monday Night Saints Vs Vikings

New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings

There are only two words needed to describe this matchup: Adrian Peterson. That’s right, in the very first week of the year, AP returns to Minnesota to do battle with his former team. Talk about a quick turnaround! The 32-year old is coming off just the second injury-riddled season of his career where he played just 3 games and ran for less than 100 yards. After suffering a knee injury in mid-September, Peterson played in just one more game for the Vikings, in mid-December, before being shown the door. Now he’s back and if you don’t think he wants to have the game of his career, I’d say you’re out of your mind.

Keys to the Game

New Orleans
If the Saints are able to play any sort of defense on Monday night, they should walk away with a victory here. Minnesota’s offense was embarrassing last year and likely won’t be much better this year, either. New Orleans needs to take advantage of that by making a few stops and letting Peterson and Drew Brees get out to an early lead. Forcing Minnesota to throw the ball will yield great benefits for New Orleans.

As good as the Vikings’ defense is, they can only hope to slow down Brees and the Saints. That offense simply has too much power. The key for Minnesota will be forcing turnovers and capitalizing on them. Both Peterson and Brees have been prone to turning the ball over in their career and the Vikings are more than good enough to take the ball away two or three times on Monday night. If they can do that and create points off the turnovers, they’ll come out on top.