5 takeaways from the Vikings’ preseason win over the Saints

(Photo by Stephen Lew) Mike Boone
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(Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Jalyn Holmes
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The Minnesota Vikings kicked off their 2019 preseason with a commanding win over the New Orleans Saints on Friday night.

When it comes to preseason openers under head coach Mike Zimmer, the only thing the Minnesota Vikings know how to do is win.

After Friday night’s 34-25 victory over the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings are now unbeaten in preseason openers since Zimmer was hired in 2014. Even if these wins come in meaningless exhibition games, they still help in building Minnesota’s confidence as they prepare for the regular season.

This is also the second year in a row that the Vikings went out and scored at least 34 points in their first matchup of the preseason. In 2018, Minnesota opened up their preseason with a 42-28 win over the Denver Broncos.

For Vikings fans, it’s always pleasant to see their favorite team get a victory over the Saints even if did come during a preseason game. So Minnesota’s win on Friday was just that much more enjoyable because it came against New Orleans and their joy of a head coach in Sean Payton.

The Vikings’ victory over the Saints has absolutely no impact on their record in the regular season. But there is still plenty to take away from Minnesota’s first win of the 2019 preseason.