Game. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards and broke Adrian Peterson’s record (107) for rushing yards by a rookie running back in his Vikings debut. Peterson ironically watched from the opposite sideline, where he was most of the game rather than on the field. The future Hall of Famer carried the ball just six times for 18 yards in his Saints debut. We don’t think he was happy about it.
Sam Bradford (27 of 32, 346 yards, 3 TDs, 143.0 rating) managed to outplay Drew Brees (27 of 37, 291 yards, 1 TD, 104.7 rating) in a game in which the Vikings out-gained the Saints 470-344 in total yards.
The Saints scored their first touchdown of the game way too late, in garbage time and down three scores against the Vikings. Drew Brees naturally refused to quit, though, and found Coby Fleener for an eight-yard touchdown pass with 1:56 to play in the game. 29-19, Vikings.
But the drop off was so dramatic that it almost has to be an anomaly. Luke Kuechly — the heart of the Panthers defense — missed the final six games of the season with a concussion.
The addition of Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, two versatile offensive weapons, should help Newton tremendously. On defense, Carolina added some veteran help to a secondary that ranked 29th in the league against the pass last season by signing Captain Munnerlyn and Mike Adams. And don’t underestimate the impact of Kuechly’s return.
It won’t be an easy road to the top of the NFC South, but the Panthers also have an easier schedule than the Falcons. This team has a real chance to go from worst to first.
The biggest obstacle for the Chargers is the quality of the AFC West. The other three Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA teams in the division — the Raiders, Broncos and Chiefs — all finished with winning Cheap Lions Jerseys records in 2016.