The New Orleans Saints lost three star players to injury and dropped a 27-19 decision to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The loss ended a two-game winning streak and dropped the Saints' record to 5-5 heading into their bye week. The Vikings won their fifth consecutive game and are 6-4.
Star receiver Michael Thomas left in the first quarter with a knee injury, quarterback Derek Carr was knocked out in the third quarter after taking a brutal hit and cornerback Marshon Lattimore had his ankle rolled up in the fourth quarter as the Saints were fighting to come back.
The Saints were trailing 27-3 when Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter drilled Carr on a pass attempt, knocking him out of the game with a concussion and a right shoulder injury. Jameis Winston came in off the bench and threw two amazing touchdown passes (14 yards to Chris Olave and 15 yards to rookie A.T. Perry) which along with two successful two-point attempts brought the Saints back into the game.
But Winston was picked off on consecutive possessions to end the Saints' comeback hopes. Winston finished 13 of 25 for 122 yards with the two touchdowns and the two interceptions. Olave had six receptions for 94 yards while Alvin Kamara had nine carries for 42 yards and seven receptions for 33 yards.
Minnesota quarterback Joshua Dobbs was extremely effective in the first half, going 18 of 22 for 220 yards and ran six times for 40 yards. Tight end T.J. Hockenson had 10 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Dobbs finished 23 of 34 for 268 yards and Hockenson had 11 catches for 134 yards.
Saints linebacker Demario Davis had the lone sack of Dobbs and the Saints didn't force a turnover. They were penalized nine times for 74 yards.
The Saints will be on their bye next week before traveling to play the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 26.
Check out the game action shots from the New Orleans Saints game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10 of the 2023 NFL season.