According to The Advocate’s Nick Underhill, the New Orleans Saints are going to be part of the Monday Night Football doubleheader to start the 2017 season, taking on the Minnesota Vikings. He says that the game will be played in Minnesota.
The Saints open the season on the road against the Vikings on Monday Night Football, I’m told.
— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) April 20, 2017
Technically speaking, the schedule won’t be out until tonight, but Underhill simply claims to know the setup for that game a bit ahead of the release.
Other reports today have indicated that the Broncos and Chargers are also going to play on the same Monday night. According to 9News’ Mike Klis, that game is going to be in Denver. The rest of the season will just see single games on Monday nights, but the first week gets two games to really kick things off with a bang.
League Network source: Broncos to open 2017 season at home vs LA Chargers on Monday night. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 20, 2017
The Saints and Vikings are both teams with very intriguing storylines, even before the draft. The Saints always seem like they can stay in games with QB Drew Brees, but they’ve struggled so much on defense lately that they’ve missed the playoffs – even if Brees leads the league in various statistical categories. They’ve now lost WR Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, but they did pick up the 32nd pick in the draft in the process.
The Vikings will be entering the season without RB Adrian Peterson on the roster for the first time in years. They have been forced to play without him at times, due to injuries and off-the-field issues, however, so they may be ready to make that transition. Former Raiders RB Latavius Murray will certainly be eager to show what he can do.