Vikings win third in a row
The Minnesota Vikings took over sole possession of first place in the NFC North Division over the weekend with a 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Running back Latavius Murray rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis while quarterback Case Keenum had a so-so afternoon completing 20-of-31 for 188 yards with one interception.
Not stellar, but enough to get the better of the Ravens who now trail the Pittsburgh Steelers by two games in the AFC North Division.
It's now off to Twickenham in the UK, home of English rugby, for a match-up with the winless Cleveland Browns for the Vikings before their bye week in Week 9 of the campaign.
Meanwhile as anticipated the Green Bay Packers struggled without quarterback Aaron Rodgers as they fell at Lambeau Field 26-17 to the New Orleans Saints.
Brett Hundley substituted in place of the future Hall-of-Famer completing 12-of-25 for 87 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
The former UCLA star did better on the ground rushing for 44 yards and a score on three carries, but this performance will not have convinced the critics who feel that Hundley is not ready to step into the starting line-up.
The Packers have a week off this week before resuming their season against the Detroit Lions and it will be instructive to see if Green Bay makes a positive move in the trade market before the deadline.
The NFC North Division is very winnable with just two games separating the Vikings in first from the Chicago Bears in the cellar.
Minnesota are 1.001 to win NFC North, while Chicago are 1001.00, Detroit are 67.00 and the Packers are 67.00.
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