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Hartman: Statistic does not mean anything in Vikings' loss to Saints

At a first glance of the statistics, it does not make sense how the Vikings fell 30-20 to the Saints…

At a first glance of the statistics, it does not make sense how the Vikings fell 30-20 to the Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night, but the combination of missing so many injured starters and two key turnovers swung the momentum of the game.

When the news came down that cornerback Xavier Rhodes was going to be absent alongside linebacker Anthony Barr security Andrew Sendejo tackle Riley Reiff and guard Tom Compton you knew it might be a tough night for the purple.

But the Saints were able to win without really needing future. HallofFamer Drew Brees at his best. He completed 1

8 of 23 passes for a more 120 yards with one touchdown pass two Alvin Kamara and an interception thrown to Vikings safety Harrison Smith .

It was the third-fewest passing yards in Brees illustrious career when he attempted at least 20 passes. Siden starten av 2014-seasonen, havde han en gennemsnitlig 307.7 passerer en kamp, ​​med en lav på 184 under en 47-10 rut på Buffalo sidste år.

The Vikings easily won the battle of offensive yards 423-270 and had 27 first downs to New Orleans’ 17. Time of possession? That also went the Vikings way at 31 minutes, 23 seconds to 28:37 for the Saints.

The Vikings had better red-zone efficiency and third-down efficiency, and each time the Vikings got the ball with goal-to-

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