Updated: Oct 29, 2018
After defeating one of the NFL's hottest teams in the Minnesota Vikings, the New Orleans Saints are 6-1 (4-0 on the road) and firmly in the discussion of the best teams in the NFL. They are tied for the second best record in the League and are on a scorching 6-game winning streak after their opening week loss to Fitz-Magic and the once-glorious Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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From a numbers perspective, the game makes little to no sense. The Saints and Brees had their lowest passing output of the season, as the NFL's new all-time passing yards leader threw for a measly 120 yards on 23 attempts. Backup Taysom Hill--a jack of all trades for New Orleans' offense--added an additional completion for 44 yards; but the Saints struggled throughout the game with the vaunted Vikings' secondary.
The running game, with their elite backfield tandem, struggled mightily outside of the red-zone, and ran for a pedestrian (by their standards) 106 total yards.
In fact, the Saints accumulated just 270 total yards, but still found a unique path to 30 points on the game. Their defense stepped up big time, forcing two game-changing turnovers: a fumble recovery that set New Orleans up on the 18 yard-line; and a pick-six by PJ Williams.
The Vikings had a much better offensive game yardage-wise. Kirk Cousins had a blast throwing the ball, amassing 359 yards though the air. Of course, another 103 of those went to the most reliable receiver in the NFL: ADAM THIELEN! The Vikes may have lost but they have a special player in Adam.
At the end of the day, the Saints made all the right plays where the Vikings made all the wrong ones. Sometimes the outcome of a football game comes down to a select few plays. For the New Orleans-Minnesota match-up, two costly turnovers drew the line between the victor and the loser.