Once and for all, Wade Wilson has gotten the best of Tommy Kramer.
Wilson passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns and connected on two key passes just before halftime to turn a close game into a rout yesterday, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 32-3 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Minneapolis.
"I think Wade was probably as alive as I've seen him," Vikings Coach Jerry Burns said.
While Wilson was completing 16 of 24 passes, Kramer hurt the Saints late in the first half.
Kramer was signed by the Saints during training camp after having been cut last offseason by the Vikings. He spent 13 years in Minnesota, the last three as Wilson's rival in an often bitter quarterback controversy.
Yesterday, Saints starter John Fourcade sustained a second-quarter concussion, forcing Kramer into the game for four series. He was one for three for two yards, was sacked twice and threw an interception during the Vikings' key spurt just before halftime.
Mike Merriweather had two interceptions, Mark Dusbabek recorded a safety and Minnesota forced five turnovers.
New Orleans, still without a touchdown this season, is off to its first 0-2 start in Jim Mora's five seasons as coach.
A 37-yard field goal by New Orleans's Morten Andersen made it 8-3 with 2:46 left in the half. Wilson then threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Carter with 23 seconds to go.
On New Orleans's next play from scrimmage, Kramer was intercepted by Reggie Rutland and Minnesota took over at its 37 with 11 seconds left.
Wilson then connected with Hassan Jones for a 42-yard gain. Donald Igwebuike followed with a 39-yard field goal as time expired.
Rams 35, Buccaneers 14: In Tampa, Jim Everett passed for 269 yards and four touchdowns and Bobby Humphery returned an interception 44 yards for another score as the Rams rebounded from a mistake-filled, season-opening loss to Green Bay.
Los Angeles (1-1) scored on four of its first six possessions as Everett (18 for 25 passing) threw for touchdowns of 10 and 41 yards to Robert Delpino, six yards to Buford McGee and 14 yards to Henry Ellard.
Humphery picked off Vinny Testaverde's pass intended for Mark Carrier and returned it up the left sideline to give the Rams a 28-7 advantage on the last play of the first half.
Testaverde, who entered the game as the NFL's top-rated quarterback after leading Tampa Bay (1-1) to a 38-21 victory over Detroit, completed nine of 18 passes for 127 yards before giving way to Chris Chandler late in the third quarter.
Testaverde threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Hill in the second quarter, and Gary Anderson's one-yard run on fourth down capped a nine-play, 63-yard scoring drive directed by Chandler.
Los Angeles had five turnovers in a 36-24 loss to the Packers, but didn't have any yesterday.
Patriots 16, Colts 14: In Indianapolis, Jason Staurovsky kicked field goals of 39, 27 and 25 yards in the second half and New England intercepted rookie quarterback Jeff George four times.
It was the fourth consecutive defeat of the Colts (0-2) by the Patriots (1-1) and their 11th victory in 13 meetings since the franchise moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore.
George, who also lost 17 yards on a sack, completed a 68-yard touchdown pass to Bill Brooks, making it 16-14 with 2:16 left.
The Colts tried an onside kick which New England's Ronnie Lippett covered at the Colts 44.
Bengals 21, Chargers 16: In San Diego, Eddie Brown caught two of Boomer Esiason's three touchdown passes, the latter with 2:52 gone in the fourth period, and Cincinnati won its second straight.
On a third-and-20 play, Esiason (20 for 34, 250 yards) connected on a 23-yard touchdown pass with Brown, who caught 10 passes for 178 yards.
Following a Cincinnati punt, the Chargers (0-2) got the ball at their 19 with 4:15 to play.
But Anthony Miller, hit hard by Cincinnati's Rickey Dixon, fumbled for the second time after a pass reception and Lewis Billups recovered at the Chargers 49. The Bengals then ran out the clock.
Jim Breech kicked three extra points for Cincinnati to extend his point-scoring streak to a record-tying 151 games.