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NFL Week 4 Game Recap: Minnesota Vikings 28, New Orleans Saints 25

London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is pressured by New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The first international game of the 2022 NFL season went right down to the wire, but in the end, the Minnesota Vikings just did enough to hold on to a 28-25 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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Offensive spotlight: Vikings wideout Justin Jefferson once again worked Kirk Cousins‘ top passing-game option, hauling in 10 of his 12 catchable targets for 147 yards and five first downs. While he dropped two passes, he picked up three catches of 15-plus yards and 50 receiving yards after the catch.

Defensive spotlight: Saints defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was targeted four times in coverage. He allowed three catches for just 21 yards and added a key first-quarter pick, allowing a passer rating of just 46.9 on throws into his coverage on the day.

Rookie spotlight: Chris Olave continued his stellar rookie campaign with a four-catch, 67-yard outing. He found the end zone in the second quarter and snagged two of his three contested catch opportunities.

Offensive line spotlight: Despite the result, the Saints offensive line did a decent job of keeping Andy Dalton free from pressure. On first review, they gave up one sack, one hit and two hurries across 30 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Rtg
Kirk Cousins 13.9 25 / 38 273 7.2 1 1 84.7
Ryan Wright 0.5 1 /1 13 13.0 0 0 118.8
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Rtg
Andy Dalton 14.7 20 / 28 236 8.4 1 0 108.6
Rushing
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Justin Jefferson 34 1 3 3.0 1 3 0
Dalvin Cook 10.6 20 76 3.8 0 14 0
Alexander Mattison 8.8 3 3 1.0 0 2 0
K.J. Osborn 1.5 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Andy Dalton 14.7 1 3 3.0 0 3 1
Latavius Murray 13.5 11 57 5.2 1 10 0
Taysom Hill 8.1 5 21 4.2 1 13 0
Mark Ingram II 7.3 10 30 3.0 0 8 0
Receiving
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Justin Jefferson 34.0 13 10 147 11.3 0 41
Adam Thielen 15.2 9 8 72 8.0 0 16
Dalvin Cook 10.6 2 2 10 5.0 0 9
Alexander Mattison 8.8 1 1 15 15.0 1 15
Irv Smith Jr. 5.3 4 3 23 5.8 0 10
Jalen Nailor 2.3 1 1 13 13.0 0 13
K.J. Osborn 1.5 2 1 6 3.0 0 6
C.J. Ham 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Johnny Mundt 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Jalen Reagor 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Chris Olave 16.7 7 4 67 9.6 1 32
Latavius Murray 13.5 1 1 8 8.0 0 8
Marquez Callaway 8.3 6 3 53 8.8 0 33
Mark Ingram II 7.3 3 3 13 4.3 0 7
Adam Trautman 6.7 3 3 37 12.3 0 14
Juwan Johnson 6.3 4 3 33 8.2 0 16
Jarvis Landry 4.7 2 2 7 3.5 0 6
Tre'Quan Smith 2.8 2 1 18 9.0 0 18

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