And against New Orleans, he looked totally legit, completing 27 of 32 pass attempts for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
Ten years and two days after Peterson made his National Football League debut in purple with 103 yards rushing and a 60-yard touchdown reception on this same block of downtown Minneapolis, albeit in a different stadium, he returned in black, white and gold as a part-time player for the pass-first Saints. Receiver Antonio Brown was out of this world great, with 182 yards in the air, on 11 receptions. Cook is just getting started, but his performance Monday night on the national stage should have fans excited.
The Vikings hope to use this same balanced attack on offence at Heinz Field on Sunday, and a defence that held Drew Brees to just one passing touchdown, and the Saints ground attack to just 60 total yards rushing in game 1. And Sam Bradford took advantage.
Klein said personally he has to be better in coverage and pointed to specific instances where he felt he gave up plays. Any time a player can catch 90% of the passes thrown their way, pick up yards after the catch, and accumulate 157 receiving yards, you know you have a reliable, capable, and explosive part of a high-powered offense. In his four career games against the Patriots, Brees threw for 10 touchdowns and one interception, and he also became the first quarterback to have five touchdown passes against a Patriots defense in the Bill Belichick-era. He also found Kyle Rudolph for a score.
On several occasions, the Vikings had wide receiver Adam Thielen in mismatches on linebackers.
While the Saints secondary has its weaknesses, it was a welcomed surprise to see Bradford stepping up and throwing the ball down the field.
Now that Bradford's had a full offseason to absorb Pat Shurmur's playbook, we have more license to judge him on his ability to play the position.
One more step closer to Trubisky time-although at this point he has nearly nobody to throw to. The Saints don't rush the passer well, and the Vikings play good defense.
The key sequence might have come in the first series. This meant additional pressure on Drew Brees during the game.
Love for Payton was likely way low on Peterson's list after he logged just four carries in the first half and barely made a ripple during a 29-19 setback. They're going to get to work. "Obviously we're planning and game-planning New England, but we can't allow some of those mistakes to happen again".
Kamara played 31 snaps, while Ingram played 26 snaps and Peterson lined up for nine snaps. The good thing is head coach Sean Payton and the Saints have been a similar situation before. If this was in Minnesota, we might be inclined to lean towards the Vikings a little more but in Pittsburgh? This kind of performance allowed the Vikings to flex their muscles in prime time, but other teams won't allow their safeties to fall apart like this.
The first time he was asked about the exchange, Peterson was tight-lipped.
Bradford and the rest of the team raved throughout training camp about Elflein's grasp of the game, too.
The season is still long, however, and more touches may come Peterson's way in the coming weeks.