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The New Orleans Saints started a new season on Monday night, but the most problematic aspect of the past three years made the game look quite familiar in a 29-19 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Diggs finished with seven catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

Pass protection was the concern going into this season, but Bradford was given time in the pocket to ignite the Vikings offense.

Thielen exploited gaping holes in the Saints' zone coverages for many of his 157 yards on nine catches, gaining 44 yards on a crossing route late in the first half. Cook ran for 127 yards, breaking Adrian Peterson's record for most rushing yards by a Vikings rookie in his debut.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws the ball Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, during the first half of an National Football League game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif.

Brees was efficient, completing 27-of-37 passes without a turnover but needed 58 minutes before leading the Saints to their only score of the night, an 8-yard touchdown pass to Coby Fleener.

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This year marks Peterson's first season with the Saints, after he played his entire career with the Vikings. Griffen jumped early on one and defensive tackle Tom Johnson was called for roughing the passer when he took down Brees around the legs.

Then Bradford got comfortable after getting good protection from his much-maligned offensive line and Minnesota took to the air against the New Orleans defense. It was Kelemete's first time playing the position. In receiving area, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph are the primary targets of Bradford. However, both teams could also end up outside of the postseason, and no one would be surprised. He has just 18 yards on six carries, and his former teammates seem intent on bottling him up when he does touch the ball.

NOTES: New Orleans RT Zach Strief left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury and didn't return. Former wide receiver Randy Moss, already on site as an analyst for ESPN, became the 22nd member of the team's Ring of Honor in a halftime ceremony punctuated by a passionate speech and shout-out to the fans. Brees is a first ballot Hall of Famer and a reason to tune into the Saints on any given week, but even with his skills, the team has been.500 or worse for the last few years and I don't see that changing this season.

Peterson spent 10 seasons in Minnesota and gave it his all for the Vikings.

Bradford was sacked just once, and the Vikings averaged 4.3 yards per carry with Cook breaking two long runs in the second half.


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