Coach Sean Payton on Saints-Viking game: 'It wasn't a good tape'

Coach Sean Payton on Saints-Viking game: 'It wasn't a good tape'

They have outstanding defensive end play much like he had in Cincinnati, that's a formable group.

They started seven new players on defense in the season opener, but the performance in a 29-19 loss at Minnesota was no better than a typical performance last season when the Saints yielded an average of 28.4 points per game.

"First play of the game, we had it initially as a nickel call, and we ended up with just two corners instead of the third corner", Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I think that obviously could fall on me, I need to know who's out there, personnel, so I'll take that responsibility". He also was targeted by Drew Brees in a red zone passing situation, but ran out of bounds and became an ineligible receiver. The Vikings defense threw cold water on Adrian Peterson's grudge match, with his attempt to "stick it" to the Vikings producing just 18 yards on 6 attempts. As the game wore on, I thought the explosive plays hurt us.

While facing quarterbacks of the caliber of Brees and Roethlisberger certainly provides the defense with an early-season measuring stick, Zimmer is more focused on what the team will learn from its game plan for the entirety of the Steelers' offense. Although the Saints were able to move the ball down the field multiple times, they only got into the endzone once. Drew Brees shed some light on what it's like to match wits with Bill Belichick. They don't trick or confuse themselves much like a lot of the defenses he's always been associated with.

The Minnesota Vikings saw one of the best performances of his career from Sam Bradford. It's going to be about how we prepare defensively for this offense.

Sure, but it's part of history and I love National Football League history.

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The Saints offensive line, considered to be a strength of the team, continues to take hits.

"They did a great job opening up holes, pass blocking for Sam, and making sure that the playmakers could make plays, " Cook said. "I've got a lot of respect for coach Payton and his offense. Whether it's down there or it's in (the middle of the) field playing safety, either way, you're just playing and competing". Although he earned a ceremonial start, Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara led the Saints running backs with 11 touches. Rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards in his first game since taking over the top running back chores from Peterson.

"They're all unsafe, but they all have their different skill sets", Pats coachBill Belichick said during a conference call.

While it could be a distraction if it doesn't work, using three backs would almost guarantee the Saints would have a fresh back in the second halves of games, and it'd ensure none of them would have to carry an overwhelming load. They already lack any real depth at offensive tackle, and Strief's replacement, Senio Kelemete, has limited experience there.

Peterson says there was really nothing to it, though. They finally scored their first touchdown inside the remaining two minutes of the game.

I can't speak highly enough of Cook and his speed/power combination.

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