10 rapid thoughts on the Vikings win over the Saints in Week 4

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It was close, but the Minnesota Vikings snuck out a victory in London in their Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Holy moly, that was a close one. By the skin of their teeth, the Minnesota Vikings escaped their Week 4 matchup against the New Orleans Saints in London, England with a 28-25 win.

With the victory over the Saints on Sunday, the Vikings are now sitting with a 3-1 record for the first time since the 2012 season.

We’ll dive a little deeper into everything that took place out on the field in London in the future, but what are some of the immediate takeaways from Minnesota’s three-point win over New Orleans?

Rapid thoughts on the Vikings win over the Saints

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Vikings open the game with a brilliant first drive: After scoring zero points in the first quarter last week, Minnesota didn’t waste any time during their opening drive against New Orleans on Sunday.

The Vikings orchestrated a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with running back Alexander Mattison taking a quick screen pass and turning it into a 15-yard touchdown. Minnesota’s first offensive drive of the day took almost seven minutes off the game clock.

Vikings fail to capitalize on turnoversAgainst the Saints on Sunday, the Vikings were able to force a total of two turnovers. Both times, Minnesota wound up with the ball inside New Orleans territory.

However, the Vikings were only able to generate six points from these two turnovers, thanks to a pair of Greg Joseph field goals. Minnesota’s failure to turn these turnovers into touchdowns was a big reason why the final score of the matchup ended up being much closer than it probably should have.