Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Even a rusty Saints offense proved to be to much Sunday afternoon for the Minnesota Vikings.

Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes and watched his defense keep the Vikings out of the end zone en route to a 20-9 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The win marked the first of the season for the Saints (1-2).

Minnesota (1-2) played without All-pro running back Adrian Peterson, who is inactive while he faces child abuse charges in Texas. Also, starting quarterback Matt Cassell left early in the second quarter with a foot injury. Cassell was replaced by rookie Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings offense managed just three field goals.

Meanwhile, Khiry Robinson led the Saints in rushing with 69 yards on 18 carries. Pierre Thomas (30 yards) scored the Saints’ first TD of the game, a 1-yard run with 5:24 left in the first quarter.

Brees connected with tight end Josh Hill late in the first quarter, giving the Saints a 13-0 lead. The Saints, though, did not score again until Brees found Marques Colston for an 18-yard TD reception with 5:28 left.