But early in the third quarter, Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones intercepted a passed that deflected off of Ginn's hands and returned it 41 yards to the New Orleans 2.
In the first game of the season, the Vikings won in a showdown between kickers. But until his current club's season comes to an end, the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns can't be hired by any outside organizations.
"For us, it's remember what got us here", Keenum said. He followed that up with the best game of his career Week 1 against the Saints, as he went 27-for-32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
Steve Jordan was selected to six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1986 through 1991 and finished his National Football League career with 498 receptions for 6,307 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Running back Jerick McKinnon is already starting to collect the postseason awards, starting with a jug of Tide detergent awarded by the Vikings training staff with "Cleanest Locker Award" scribbled on the side.
The Vikings have evolved in the past two seasons into one of the best defenses in the league.
The good news for Thielen is the Vikings can also flip the ball to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who has one spot ahead of Thielen in the PFF receiver ratings at Nos.
Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes has said Smith should be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, which would also be fine with Smith. He's accustomed to working with left tackle Terron Armstead, who is tasked with holding up against Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen.
Zimmer said this week he likes "versatile safeties", and he has one in Harrison Smith, whose ability to line up almost anywhere and either rush the quarterback or cover a receiver makes it hard for quarterbacks to read a scheme. Ingram led the team in rushing with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns while Kamara added 728 yards and eight scores on the ground.
Any time a team is as productive as the Saints offense was this season, the offensive line deserves a lot of credit. And hold one of the best turnover margin with 20 total interceptions from the defense. Zimmer gave a brief rundown, starting with Drew Brees. Because of that standout run game, a stacked offensive line and that rising young defense, they don't need to just rely on Brees' arm.
The Saints love playing in domes.
The quarterback said the Saints "came after me with everything they had" but detailed the symptoms he was experiencing as they related to the hits he took that game, which appear to be the sign of a concussion. Meanwhile, the Vikings are just barely behind at $459.
The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-19 in the September 11 season opener at U.S. Bank Stadium, but both teams have changed a lot since then.