Minnesota Vikings

Mark Craig's five extra points: An argument against an 18-game schedule

Those of us against the NFL adopting an 18-game season hereby submit the Vikings' 52-33 Christmas Day debacle vs. the Saints as another example of how utterly decimated a roster can look by late December.

Brees responded by underthrowing an open target in the end zone and throwing a red-zone interception to Hardy Nickerson Jr.

Make no mistake: When a team gives up 52 points, 583 yards and allows someone to tie Ernie Nevers' 91-year-old record of six rushing touchdowns, the defense is at fault .

But it didn't help in a shootout that center Garrett Bradbury and left guard Dakota Dozier kept getting dumped into Kirk Cousins' lap at critical moments early on.

His move in open space over the middle fooled 12-year safety Malcolm Jenkins and set up a touchdown to cut the Saints' lead to 17-14.

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