RT Zach Strief left New Orleans' game at Minnesota in the second quarter with a leg injury. He did not return.

QB Drew Brees completed 27 of 37 pass attempts for 291 yards and one touchdown against Minnesota. The Saints kicked field goals on their first four trips to the red zone before Brees connected with TE Coby Fleener for an 8-yard touchdown with 1:56 left in the game.

RB Adrian Peterson was not effective in his return to Minnesota. Peterson got the first two carries of the game and picked up a first down, but he was silent afterward. 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. "It felt pretty good," Peterson said of his first two carries. "I didn't really know what to expect coming in. We talked about running the ball a little more, but for whatever reason got away from it. That's how the game played out. Their defense came out and played well. It is what it is."