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Week 8: Minnesota Vikings

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 28: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

There were likely two games on the schedule the Saints looked at and circled mentally. The Saints went to Minnesota twice last season. In the season opener, the Saints were not ready.

They were carved up by Sam Bradford and simply were overmatched. In the divisional round of the playoffs, a much-improved Saints team was poised to avenge that early season loss.

We all know the painful outcome of that game. No Saints player will ever admit this year’s visit to Minnesota was any more important than any other game. If you believe that, I have some swampland to sell you.

Kirk Cousins has been very good against the Saints often, and he again had his way with the Saints on several occasions, targeting PJ Williams a bunch. However, for the first time this season, the Saints won a game with defense.

The Saints looked to be going into halftime down at least 14-10, maybe more as the Vikings were driving to finish the first half. P.J. Williams and Alex Anzalone combined on a tackle of Adam Thielen that forced a fumble which the Saints recovered. They scored in short order and instead of going to halftime behind, they went in ahead 17-14.

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Then the defense really took over. It was a four-sack night for the black and gold and P.J. Williams came up with a pick-six that really twisted the dagger in Minnesota. The 30-20 win was a great showing against the leaders of the NFC North, and likely avenged some negativity from last season.