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MINNEAPOLIS MN- AUGUST 27 Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Sam Bradford warms up before a NFL preseason game between the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers

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With a revamped offensive line, and playmakers seemingly up and down the lineup, the Vikings rolled up 470 yards off offense on Monday and toppled the New Orleans Saints 29-19 in the season opener for both teams. "He is a great player". "And I told him that I'm just following in the GOAT's footsteps".

Adrian Peterson of the New Orleans Saints watches from the sidelines during the second half of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The knock on Cook heading into the season was his inexperience as a pass protector and a tendency to fumble.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels, left, is tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Chris Banjo, right, while returning a punt during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Minneapolis.

Bradford, who set a single-season completion record last season, was almost flawless in the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium, host of Super Bowl LII.

Payton, when asked if it was hard to rotate three running backs into the game flow, said: "It only becomes hard when you become one-dimensional".

ESPN uses a figure called QBR to rate a quarterback's play, and according to the stat there was nobody better than Bradford around the league in Week 1.

The last time that the Vikings played in Pittsburgh was in 2009 and the Steelers won that home game 27-17 even though Roethlisberger only completed 14 total passes for 175 yards in the contest. Brees ended up throwing for 291 yards and a touchdown, which didn't come until late in the fourth quarter with the game in hand. Seven different players caught a pass from Brees, and tight end Coby Fleener was the leader of the pack as he caught the Saints' only touchdown. However, New Orleans couldn't convert that into a touchdown.

I tried to tell everyone Dalvin Cook was special along with all the other FSU football fans who watched him dominate the past three years. "People think we're still at the bottom of the barrel". The Saints trailed for most of the night, as well as the entire second half.

This is Chargers first real game representing Los Angeles, after moving from San Diego this off-season. I've got confidence in Mark and Alvin to be able to make things happen in the red zone as well.

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