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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