Our grade: Four fleur de lis. The New Orleans Saints made life miserable for rookie quarterback Christian Ponder. At one point in the fourth quarter, the Vikings had zero net passing yards as the Saints had nearly as many sacks as Ponder had completions.
03:09 – Coach Sean Payton and the Saints react after their 42-20 victory over the Vikings.
Minnesota vs. New Orleans Full Play-by-Play
The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees had been discussing a contract extension this season but the talks have apparently not gotten too far and Brees said earlier in the week that he didn’t want to have any more conversations about it until the season is over so that it wouldn’t be a distraction as the team tries to win its second Super Bowl in three seasons.
Brees’ 412 yards and five scores this week have led numerous fantasy teams into their Super Bowls, while Rodgers’ Packers pick up their first loss of the season. A late rushing score by Rodgers salvaged his bad day, but Brees’ performance was eye opening. He soared on the road while Rodgers could not.