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to keep him from beating you Authentic Brett Jones Jersey downfield with his talented cast of pass-catchers.But against a team which traditionally creates consistent pressure, Brees and the Saints were content to get his yards a little at a time.Brees led the Saints to a 30-20 win over the Vikings by throwing underneath and moving the ball among his running backs and other short targets.He completed 18-of-23 passes for 120 yards, the 5.2-yards per attempt average which wouldnít ordinarily scare you. But when you connect on 78.3 percent of them, it gives you a chance.Coupled with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combining for 26 carries for 108 yards, it wasnít the Saintsí typical game-plan by any stretch.But their defense has gotten better, and turned a pair of Vikings turnovers into touchdowns, and Brees was able to play keep-away with the lead.That moves them to 6-1 heading into next weekís game against the Rams, which will require more of an offensive output.Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:1. Not everything that happened to Kirk Cousins was Kirk Cousinsí fault.But when you pay a quarterback the way the Vikings paid Cousins, it creates a different expectation in games like this one.Cousins had a few passes batted down at the line of scrimmage, and went cold for a long stretch in the middle of the game to keep his side from having a chance.There were some stat-padding throws late, but his 359 passing yards were deceiving.Playing without left tackle Riley Reiff and left guard Tom Compton didnít help, as the Vikings werenít able to give Cousins the clean pockets which he needs.2. Speaking of pressure, the Saints got the kind they needed from rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport.Davenport had two sacks Womens Anthony Barr Jersey , doubling his total for the season.Heís still very much a work in progress, but the Saints canít afford for him to not get that kind of production. They gave up next yearís first-rounder to move up to get him this year, and theyíve also given up their third- and fourth-rounders in other deals.Davenport has plenty of potential, and is part of a defense that has gradually become something other than the anchor that drags Brees and their offense down. In fact, theyíre approaching good, with a few legitimate stars (Cameron Jordan and Marshon Lattimore) and a growing base of players who are at least solid.3. The Saints knew they needed to upgrade their secondary before they traded for cornerback Eli Apple.But it looked like they were going to give poor P.J. Williams a complex in the process.Few teams bother throwing in the direction of Lattimore anyway (other than the Vikings on a fourth down 鈥?bad idea), but now that Apple is there, it makes Williams a bit of a target. Cousins was looking his way from the start, and heís going to be picked on by more opponents.The Saints deactivated cornerback Ken Crawley, and their secondary seems like far from a settled product. But itís clear that Appleís considered enough of an upgrade to make a difference.Williams was fortunate that Stefon Diggs broke off his route when he did, leading to an easy interception for a touchdown, but heís likely to get far more attention from opponents in the future.4. Part of the reason Brees can be so efficient is because heís so protected.Left tackle Terron Armstead and right tackle Ryan Ramczyk are a very good pair of bookends, and largely did a good job.Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter entered the week tied for the league sack league with 8.0 http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/stefon-diggs-jersey , and left the game with the same number.Coupled with guards Andrus Peat and Larry Warford, and center Max Unger, the Saints have put together the kind of line you need if youíre going to roll with a 39-year-old quarterback.5. Saints quarterback-by-name-only Taysom HillĎs going to play a huge role in this offense moving forward, and thatís even if he never starts a game at his regular position.Saints coach Sean Payton clearly loves the matchup problems he can create with the speedy quarterback, and uses him in a myriad of ways.Hill threw a 44-yard strike to Michael Thomas early in the game, and also ran the ball, and caught it.The early snap with he was taking the snap and Brees and Teddy Bridgewater were split wide was just showing off, but itís the kind of thing Payton can present now to complicate future opponentsí game-planning. Itís probably more useful as a distraction than for its own strategic merit, as itís hard to see them ever putting either of the other two quarterbacks into actual pass patterns (though they have to be more of a threat than Joe Flacco). *****Download Link Here*****Episode Notes:Hereís the link, when it goes live, to my review of the Eagles gameHereís the discussion of the game probability and late game management I mentionedThis is my 2014 article on Chad GreenwayThis piece on rushing overrelies on yards-per-carry to make its point, but it does an excellent job otherwise demonstrating that the relationship is positive but not huge.This piece does an excellent job localizing it to the first three quartersThis one, by Ben Baldwin http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/trae-waynes-jersey , shows that the relationship between running ó whether by volume, effectiveness or attempts ó doesnít seem to relate to much to passing.This study breaks it down in a variety of ways and found the same.Special thanks to Rhymesayers Entertainment and Atmosphere for the new theme song!Arif - @ArifHasanNFLJames - @bigmonoTo listen to more, this is the link to that iTunes feed. If you canít for whatever reason subscribe via iTunes, subscribe to via our RSS feed, which should support the RSS reader or podcast organizer of your choice. You can still leave a review even if you canít subscribe via iTunes because itís easy to create an AppleID. We also have a YouTube channel. Our podcasts are automatically uploaded there.If you want to make sure you donít miss an episode and find out ways to support the show, head to our website!But we also have a Patreon and that should make it even easier to support the best podcast for your Minnesota Vikings. We know that itís a tough ask given all the problems involving their transaction fees, but if can manage it, check it out here. If you wanted to donate via Paypal instead of Patreon, head to this link.Once again, contact me at arifmhasan (at) gmail dot com or the podcast at NorseCodePodcast (at) gmail dot com. Follow us on twitter at @NorseCodeDN or just me at @ArifHasanNFL. 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