The Vikings saw the Saints’ impressive opening drive and raised them an even more impressive opening drive.
End of first quarter. Two drives — one for each team — took up almost all of the first 15 minutes. New Orleans had run two plays on its second drive before the end of the quarter. The Saints held a 62-48 total yards advantage over the Vikings.
Kai Forbath made a 24-yard field goal after Minnesota’s 14-play, 78-yard drive stalled at the New Orleans 7-yard line. 3-3, tie game.
An impressive first drive of the season for the Saints stalled at the Vikings’ 25-yard line, where Wil Lutz made his 43-yarder to give New Orleans the lead. The 13-play, 56-yard drive took 6:39 off the first-quarter clock. 3-0, Saints.
The Vikings won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Saints running back Trey Edmunds returned the kick to his own 19-yard line.
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The Chargers play the Bills, Jaguars, Browns and Jets in the latter half of the 2017 season. If they can stay afloat until November, this could be a team with an easy path to a strong record and possibly even a division crown for the first time in eight years.