Monday, September 11, 2017 1:00 am
New Orleans at Minnesota
2016 Records: Saints (7-9), Vikings (8-8)
The skinny: Saints have won four straight in series, starting with NFC championship game after 2009 season. ... RB Adrian Peterson makes Saints debut after 10 seasons and 11,747 yards rushing with Vikings. ... Saints QB Drew Brees 4-1 vs. Vikings, with 12 TD passes, four interceptions, four sacks, 69 percent completion rate and average of 294 yards passing per game. ... Saints DE Cameron Jordan, son of former Vikings TE Steve Jordan, coming off fifth straight season with 7˝ sacks or more. ... Saints have lost three consecutive season openers, starting 1-3 and finishing 7-9 each season. ... With Peterson departed, rookie Dalvin Cook will start at RB for Vikings. ... Former Vikings WR Randy Moss, one of ESPN's broadcast analysts, will be inducted in franchise's Ring of Honor with halftime ceremony.
Los Angeles at Denver
2016 Records: Chargers (5-11), Broncos (9-7)
The skinny: Broncos have won 10 of past 12 meetings. ... First time in NFL history that two black coaches will make head coaching debut in same game with Chargers Anthony Lynn and Broncos Vance Joseph. ... Chargers' first game as Los Angeles-based franchise since team's inaugural season in 1960. ... DE Joey Bosa's 10˝ sacks last season most by rookie since Aldon Smith's 14 in 2011. ... Broncos led league in pass defense last season but SS T.J. Ward was released, replaced by Justin Simmons. ... RB Jamaal Charles has 799 scrimmage yards and seven TDs in past eight games against Chargers. ... WR Demaryius Thomas third player in league history with five consecutive seasons with 90 or more catches, 1,000 yards and five or more touchdowns. ... OLB Von Miller's 13˝ sacks ranked second in league. Since entering NFL in 2011, ranks second in league with 73˝ sacks and tied for second with 19 forced fumbles.
– Associated Press