Minnesota then cleverly lined up Dobbs under center before moving him to the right and directly snapping to Ty Chandler, who rushed 2 yards untouched for his first career touchdown and a 10-3 lead with 10:14 remaining in the second quarter.
After a quick three-and-punt by the Saints, Dobbs led another touchdown drive by completing a 13-yard pass to Hockenson on third-and-6 that was followed with a 21-yard reception by the tight end.
An illegal contact penalty against the Saints gave the Vikings the ball at the 11, Dobbs nearly had a touchdown to Jordan Addison, but the ball came out at the end of the play. On third-and-6, Dobbs spun out of trouble, got to the left perimeter, faked that he was directing traffic for a receiver to by extra space and had the juice to reach the end zone.
The Vikings didn’t even face a third down on their next possession, which started with a 13-yard run by Chandler and included five catches of 58 yards by Hockenson, highlighted by a 28-yard touchdown. Dobbs added a 10-yard scramble along the way.
Here are four more observations from the game.
The Vikings built a 24-3 halftime lead behind an incredible offensive showing that combined with stinginess on defense and solidity on special teams.
It was arguably the most complete half of the entire 2023 season by Minnesota.
The Vikings totaled 17 first downs, compared to six for the Saints and went 4-for-6 on third downs while only allowing one third-down conversion on five New Orleans attempts.
While moving the chains, the Vikings racked up 297 net yards against a Saints squad that entered the game allowing 304.3 per contest.
The show included 77 rushing yards and 220 through the air as Minnesota averaged 8.0 yards per play and possessed the ball for 17:55.
The Vikings defense limited the Saints to 110 net yards and just 57 through the air.