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10 Numbers of Note: Stout Vikings Defense Squares Off Against Brees, Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —The Vikings are going prime-time to kick off the 2017 season.

Minnesota will welcome the New Orleans Saints to U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 1 on ESPN's Monday Night Football

The matchup will feature a Vikings defense that was among the league's best in 2016 against a high-powered New Orleans offense that features a dynamic quarterback and averaged almost 30 points per game last season. 

Here's a look at 10 numbers of note headed into the matchup:

8 — Number of games in which Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford had a passer rating above 100 in 2016, setting a career high and tying him for the second-most in Vikings history; Brees posted a passer rating of 100 or more in nine games last season.

3 — Number of rookies expected to start for the Vikings in Monday's season opener: running back Dalvin Cook, center Pat Elflein and linebacker Ben Gedeon.

26 — Number of wins for Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer in his first three seasons in Minnesota; Zimmer begins his fourth season with the Vikings in 2017. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton totaled 25 wins in his first three seasons and has a regular-season mark of 94-66 in 10 seasons with New Orleans.

465 — Number of career touchdown passes for Brees, which ranks third all-time; Brees is also third in NFL history with 66,111 passing yards, trailing only Peyton Manning (71,940) and Brett Favre (71,838).

97 — Number of career rushing touchdowns for Saints running back Adrian Peterson, all of which came with the Vikings; The former Vikings running back also ranks first in Vikings franchise history with 11,747 career rushing yards.

17 — Number of touchdown catches for Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss in 1998, which still stands as a rookie record; Moss will be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor at halftime of Monday's game.

3 — Rank of Vikings defense in yards allowed per game (314.9) in 2016; Minnesota also was sixth in points allowed per game (19.2). The Saints offense ranked first in yards per game (426) and second in points per game (29.3) last season.

2 — Number of punt returns for touchdowns for Marcus Sherels in 2016, which tied for the most in the league; Sherels was one of three players to return a pair of punts for a score.

View the Vikings roster as the front office made the final cuts to open the 2017 season.

19 — Number of players on Minnesota's 53-man roster who began their careers as undrafted free agents; The list includes three rookies: defensive end Tashawn Bower, linebacker Eric Wilson and tackle Aviante Collins.

15 — Number of consecutive field goals made by kicker Kai Forbath after joining the Vikings in November; Forbath, who played in 10 games for the Saints in 2015, won the kicking gig this offseason by beating out Marshall Koehn.

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