New Orleans Saints Vs. Minnesota Vikings: Five Big First-Half Surprises

September 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Saints came out guns a' blazin in the season opener against the Vikings, scoring on their first drive in just five plays. Drew Brees passed for 148 yards and a touchdown, and Favre posted similar numbers, but with an interception. 
There were what I believe to be four big surprises in the first half of this huge season opener.
First, Visanthe Shiancoe is the game's leading receiver. Between the Saints high-powered passing offense and Minnesota's speedsters on the outside, I'm sure no one expected Minnesota's tight end to be the games leading receiver.
Shiancoe has always been a solid red-zone target, but he isn't known for making plays in the open field. Whether or not he can repeat his performance in the second half could determine a lot about how fantasy owners view him going forward.
The second big surprise is how ineffective the Saints offense was after the fist drive.
Most of the Saints' playmakers were nowhere to be found after that great first d...

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