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|The Minnesota Vikings take their turn in the examination room after losing to New Orleans.|
I'm still trying to figure out why the Saints didn't continue throwing downfield the way they did on their first drive, when quarterback Drew Brees completed three of four passes for 69 yards. Devery Henderson's 29-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game suggested the rout was on. The Saints were clearly trying to capitalize on the Vikings' three-cornerback roster, but Brees managed only 158 more passing yards the rest of the way. So what gave? Childress suggested that the Saints had success with the "scripted" portion of their game plan but then veered away from it. The Vikings really didn't make much of an adjustment. They kept playing their nickel scheme and were the beneficiaries of an opponent that decided to play into the Vikings' strength as run-stoppers and mid-range pass defenders. Whatever.