Diggs mimicked Moss' "splitting the defense" celebration upon catching an 18-yard touchdown after the Saints bit on a play-action fake. A 32-yard rush from scrimmage in the fourth quarter set up a touchdown three plays later by Kyle Rudolph.
Diggs is the first Minnesota receiver to score two touchdowns in a season opener since - you guessed it - Randy Moss. And while individual players probably didn't have to do anything to pay their respects to Moss, Stefon Diggs did.
Thielen averaged 17.4 yards per catch and had two big third down conversions with passes of more than 20 yards from quarterback Sam Bradford. It must have been the shoes because Diggs completely took over the first 30-plus minutes of the Vikings' game against the Saints. Bradford outperformed Drew Brees who was 27-for-37 for 291 yards and one touchdown. "Maybe I'll have a double life as an actor and football player." - and was making the rounds Tuesday morning promoting Vikings Boostboxes. They played fast. They played confident.
Minnesota uses what New Orleans thinks could likely be a run-oriented personnel grouping with running back Dalvin Cook, fullback C.J. "Everybody was playing as a team, as a unit".
Peterson, who is Minnesota's all-time rushing leader with 11,747 yards, finished with six carries for 18 yards in a timeshare with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. "I didn't really know what to expect coming in". The eight completions allowed on passes thrown 15 or more yards downfield are the tied for the second most the Saints have allowed in a game in the last 10 seasons, per ESPN Stats & Information. I thought the tempo was great tonight.
It's Randy Moss night in Minnesota.