New Orleans held a four-point lead at halftime, which they extended to 17 by the beginning of the fourth quarter, as they earned the win despite being out-gained, 423-270, on the night. That included Drew Brees throwing for just 120 yards and a touchdown pass to Alvin Kamara, who also ran in to the end zone for a score.
Will Lutz also contributed with three field goals, as Brees did complete 18 of his 23 passes, to maintain his NFL-leading 77.4 completion percentage. The Saints did just enough to overcome the Vikings' tough offense, including Stefon Diggs recording 119 receiving yards and Adam Thielen with 103 yards receiving and a touchdown. Latavius Murray also find the end zone, but the Vikings dropped to 4-3-1 on the season and 2-2 on their home field.
Despite another big performance from Thielen, he did fumble the ball that was recovered by Marshon Lattimore and returned 54 yards to set up the official go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter. Minnesota did lead, 13-10, in the first half, and did so by keeping Brees off-balanced, and even got an interception against him by Harrison Smith.
The Vikings now hold a half-game lead over the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in the NFC North, and just a game on the Detroit Lions, whom they will play host to next week. The Saints return home for a showdown with the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.