Halftime. Minnesota held a 229-118 total yards advantage over New Orleans after the first 30 minutes. The Vikings had just three 80-plus-yard drives throughout the entire 2016 season — they Cheap Kids Jerseys NHL had two before halftime Monday, not including a 74-yard drive in the second quarter. Sam Bradford had a great first half: 17 of 20 for 197 yards and two touchdowns, both to Stefon Diggs.
Wil Lutz nailed his second field goal of the first half, a 21-yarder, to give the Saints the lead after another long drive — 13 plays, 74 yards. Veteran New Orleans right tackle Zach Stief was injured on the drive, but he was able to walk off the field on his own power. 6-3, Saints.
At 7-9, the Eagles had the best record of any of last year’s bottom dwellers, and a busy offseason has them looking ascendant as the regular season approaches. Philadelphia started 2016 on a high note with a three-game winning streak that included a 34-3 blowout over AFC Championship Game participant Pittsburgh, but its offense sputtered as opponents figured out rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and his limited array of receiving options.
That combination, aided by a potential resurgence from 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor, will serve as a significant upgrade over last year’s unit. We just saw Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston find a way to avoid sophomore slumps, and the Eagles worked hard to ensure Wentz can be similarly successful.
Another issue that sapped Wentz’s effectiveness was the loss of starting right tackle Lane Johnson, who missed 10 games due to league suspension last fall. With Johnson sitting out due to a second violation of the league’s PED policy, the Eagles went 2-8. The team’s scoring dropped from 27.7 points Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys in games he played to 20.1 points without him.