We've got to go out there and stop the run. The same cannot be said for the man replacing him in Minnesota - rookie Cook has clearly emerged through preseason as the team's lead running back and could upstage AP.
About the only thing I'm certain of is that New Orleans will score a lot of points and play bad defense.
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Bradford was 17 of 20 for 197 yards in the half. I'd say it's very similar to the Superdome for us. IF Bradford has time to work and a clean pocket, he could decimate a Saints secondary that needs to be adequate if New Orleans wants to compete this year.
"But it's a different experience for me".
"We have everything from the sideline, to where the press box is, where our locker room is and the noise level at halftime and 2-minute (warning)", Payton said. "I'm all about winning".
Also on the team's inactive list are wide receiver Rodney Adams, safety Antone Exum Jr., guard Danny Isidora, tackle Rashod Hill, defensive end Tashawn Bower and defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson. In between, he led the National Football League with 1,485 rushing yards in 2015.
Adrian Peterson is already clashing on the sideline with Sean Payton
Ingram understands Peterson wants the ball on every play. The Saints will try to keep everyone quiet by grabbing a lead. I don't expect them to. So I'm there just waiting for my number to be called. The running back was drafted by the Vikings in 2007, totaling seven seasons of at least 1,200 yards and winning one MVP award. It's really tough to shut down a Drew Brees offense, but the Vikings made Brees look average on Monday night.
Adrian Peterson got the start for the New Orleans Saints in his return to Minnesota, but he found himself an afterthought in a matchup that quickly turned into a game-long tribute to another former Viking: Randy Moss.
Peterson is 32 years old, so there's no telling how many carries are left in those legs and in New Orleans he's not going to be the feature back.
Monday night, Brees avoided big mistakes but found few big plays, allowing the Vikings to start a second straight season with an impressive home victory.
If anything, New Orleans has too many weapons in the backfield. McAllister holds the team record with 6,096 rushing yards.
Peterson rushed for 18 yards on just six carries in his first game with the New Orleans Saints, turning an emotional homecoming for the former Minnesota Vikings star into an afterthought in the Saints' 29-19 loss on Monday night. ESPN will televise the game.