Angry Adrian Peterson yells at Sean Payton, gives him the death stare

Peterson was adamant there was nothing simmering between him and his new coach, who was seen turning around and replying to the seven-time Pro Bowl running back before continuing to walk down the sideline.

According to our schedule adjusted metrics, the Saints were absolutely terrible on the defensive side of the ball last season. With Kamara back there, the Saints seemed to try to catch the Vikings by surprise with a run, but Minnesota was ready for it.

Nevertheless, Peterson had reason to be disappointed with his paltry snap count, and given the Saints' porous defense and Payton's long-standing preference for passing plays, that could be the case for much of the season. Brees was 27 of 37 for 291 yards and the one TD.

Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford put on a clinic.

Cook toted the ball 22 times for 127 yards in his first career game.

Peterson is the Vikings all-time leading rusher with 11,747 yards and touchdown scorer with 102 - five of those receiving. Obviously, he needs a chance to test himself, but the Saints trust the guys ahead of him more right now. I stopped this two questions ago.

Player to watch: Dalvin Cook, RB.

If nights like Monday become the standard for Diggs, there will be plenty more opportunities for the 23-year-old to take advantage of the NFL's more lackadaisical celebration rules this season - even if he insisted none of them are pre-planned. "I gave it my all, with everything that I did". New tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers signed as free agents, center Pat Elflein was selected in the third round of the draft, and Nick Easton took over at left guard after the release of Alex Boone last week. But Peterson noted that the deal was virtually done before the schedule was released, and only technical contract language remained to be hashed out. But after the team's front office devoted much of its offseason to remaking the offense, and after the Vikings put up just three points in 12 preseason drives with Bradford on the field, the group needed to show something to support the idea it could be markedly better than the unit that posted the fifth-fewest yards in the National Football League last season.

"Listen, I'll tell you if we were in a heated exchange", Payton said. "For me, that's motivation".

"At the end of the day, the offensive played great, our special teams played great, so really this was truly a team victory for us", Robison said.

The Saints have always been a pass-first team and that doesn't appear to have changed, even with the addition of Peterson, a 7-time Pro Bowler.

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