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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints: Second Quarter Open Thread

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The New Orleans Saints got the ball first in their matchup with the Minnesota Vikings at the Superdome, and they didn't waste a whole lot of time getting the ball down the field. The Saints met almost no resistance from the Minnesota defense as they went 80 yards in 11 plays. Pierre Thomas went over the top from a yard out, and the Saints jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead.

The Vikings started from their own 20-yard line as well, and proceeded to go three-and-out. Matt Cassel had a wide-open Kyle Rudolph on third down, but threw and awful pass that Rudolph dropped anyway.

The Saints started from their own 18-yard line after a nice special teams tackle by rookie Jabari Price. The Vikings made a couple of nice stops on the first couple plays of the drive, but a pass from Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham kept the drive going, and the Saints were off to the races again. The Saints drove right back into Vikings' territory, and Brees eventually found someone named Josh Hill for a 34-yard touchdown pass. Everson Griffen got a hand on Shayne Graham's extra point attempt, and that kept the Saints' lead down to 13-0.

The Vikings started their next drive from their own 22-yard line, and actually picked up a first down. Then, a quick pass to Cordarrelle Patterson turned into a 28-yard gain, and the Vikings were in business at the New Orleans 35. The Vikings converted another third down on a carry by Matt Asiata, and the Vikings are now looking at a 2nd-and-5 from the New Orleans 17-yard line as we start the second quarter.

The Vikings really need to get some points on the board here. Will they do so? Stay here with us to find out!