(AP) — The Minnesota Vikings renewed acquaintances with Adrian Peterson on Monday, but they didn’t allow him to do much damage after building a 10-point halftime lead.
Sam Bradford completed 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings whipped the New Orleans Saints, 29-19. The Saints led 6-3 until Bradford hit Stefon Diggs for a pair of scores over the final 4:08 of the first half.
Diggs had seven receptions for 93 yards, while Adam Thielen racked up 157 yards on nine catches. Rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards in his first game since taking over the top running back chores from Peterson.
Peterson did little against his former team, carrying six times for 18 yards in his first game since leaving Minnesota. The Vikings also did a great job against the rest of the Saints’ running backs while limiting New Orleans to 60 yards on 21 carries.
Drew Brees (breez) passed for 291 yards but didn’t get the Saints into the end zone until his eight-yard TD pass to Coby Fleener with 1:56 left.
Also last night, the Broncos got a second chance to pull out a 24-21 win over the Chargers.
Shelby Harris deflected Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal attempt with a second left. Koo had nailed the kick moments earlier, but Denver coach Vance Joseph called timeout before the snap to ice the kicker.
The block came after the Broncos had blown most of a 24-7, fourth-quarter lead. Philip Rivers was held to 115 yards passing before adding another 77 yards and two TDs in the final period.
Trevor Siemian threw two TD passes to Bennie Fowler and ran for another score to help Joseph win his NFL head coaching debut.