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Vikings Division Lead Increases

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 9, 2009 – 8:38 am

The Vikings put some distance between themselves and Winter Park this week as coaches and players got away from the facility for some rest and relaxation.

But with losses by the Bears, Lions and Packers, the Vikings were also able to put some more distance between themselves and the rest of the division.

Following a 38-26 victory over Green Bay in Week 8, the Vikings entered their bye week with a 2.5 game lead over both the Packers and Bears. Now the lead stands at 3 games after the Packers lost at Tampa Bay and the Bears fell at home to the Arizona Cardinals.

Because the Vikings hold tie-breaker priority over the Packers, the 3.5 game lead over Green Bay is effectively a 4-game lead. But since the Vikings have yet to play the Bears in 2009, the 3-game lead over Chicago should not be taken for granted.

After navigating the 1st half of their regular season schedule with a 7-1 record, the Week 9 bye came at a good time for the Vikings and now the team will return to work with fresh bodies and minds. Their 1st task this week will be to prepare for another NFC North game, as the Detroit Lions come to town for a contest on Sunday.

The Bears travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers on Thursday and Green Bay will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.


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11 Responses to “Vikings Division Lead Increases”

  1. By KevinWI on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings won 38-26 over Green Bay….not 30-23 in week 8 like your blog stated.

  2. By Kevin Wilson on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    30-23 was the score of the week 4 game in Minnesota. It’s very easy to check at NFL.com/scores/2009

  3. By PackCat on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    NFL Divisional Magic Numbers:
    Any combination of Division win/loses and they will clinch Divisions and likely byes. (eg; if Vikings win or GB & Chi lose) A record of 12-4 probable margin to earn a Playoff Bye.

    Colts – (4)
    Saints and Vikings – (5)
    Broncos – (6)

    The top QB’s all had low PR’s yesterday.
    A.Rodgers was 110.4 | week 9 (57.6-2TD-3INT)
    P.Manning was 109.3 | week 9 (83.6-1TD-1INT)
    D.Brees was 107.6 | week 9 (96.1-1TD-1INT)

    So Favre with his 106.0 Passer Rating could be the one left standing on top after the conclusion of the weekend.

  4. By PackCat on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    QB Passer Rating Update: (Week 9 before MNF)

    Currently:
    1. 106.1 Drew Brees
    2. 106.0 Brett Favre
    3. 105.2 Peyton Manning
    4. 103.3 Aaron Rodgers
    5. 102.6 Ben Roethlisberger
    6. 99.2 Tom Brady

    I think at the end of the year, Passer Rating, TD’s, Sacks, Yards from Scrimmage will be strong indicators of MVP Contenders.

    Favre, Allen, and Harvin make stronge cases in each category.

  5. By KevinWI on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for making the correction to your article….you could have said thank you.

  6. By Fogman on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    It’s nice to be in the right place at the right time…..Vikes need to take care of business these next few weeks and lay the hammer down to solidify the division and then home field for at least on game if not more. The Saints will lose, they cannot put themselves in deep holes all the time and expect to be bailed out…..Vikes have a tougher road especially with Cincy, Arizona, and the always tough Bears twice…..Looks like the game against the Giants at the end of the season could be meaningless, but you never know……Win the games they are supposed to win…….GO VIKES!

  7. By SkolVikings on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    The team really needs to keep focus throughout the next couple of the weeks. There is 0 excuse for losing or even having close games against the Lions or Seahawks. If we can win the games we are suppose to win and go at least .500 against the teams that are a challenge we will be in the playoffs.
    Although I think we really need to prove ourselves in the coming months against the Bengles, Giants, and possibly Panthers if we are good enough to make the superbowl.

  8. By SAUCE on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings are in very god shape to clinch home field throughout the playoffs! Yes,New Orleans will eventually lose,because they cannot stop the run and the Vikings CAN run! The Vikings do pla the Cardinals in Arizona,but they are a better road team than home team,and the bears are done this season already! If the Vikings have no major injuries they will be in the Super bowl!!!!!!!! Go Vikings!!!

  9. By PackCat on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    SAUCE – be careful what you pronosticate.. starting to sound like a Packer fan salivating over Rodgers being the next Mesiah. LOL

  10. By Peace on Nov 9, 2009 | Reply

    Vikings have a history of complacency. We cannot afford to let up. 12 wins would be great. 13 would even be better. 14 would be awesome. Take one game at a time and play like its for a trip to the superbowl. FAvre must stay healthy and continue play the way he has been. AS for the “whose going to beat dem Saints” VIKINGS DATS WHO.

  11. By hank on Nov 11, 2009 | Reply

    one game at a time-skol vikes,beat the lions

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