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NFC North Week 5 recap: Vikings earn big win

Minnesota gets their season back on track with NFC Championship revenge.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings got revenge against the Philadelphia Eagles, winning 23-21

In Week 5 the Vikings paid a visit to the place were their Super Bowl hopes were dismantled last season. They were in Philadelphia for the first time since they were denied a home Super Bowl berth at the hands of the Eagles in a 38-7 thrashing in last seasons NFC Championship Game. Both teams returned with championship aspirations once again but this time it was Minnesota who raced out to the early start.

This game had everything. Terrible offensive line play, skittish quarterbacks, dropped passes, everything you love to see out of two teams who are supposed to dominate the NFC this season.

Oh, and Linval Joseph had a 63 yard touchdown run.

The Vikings almost blew their early lead and let the Eagles steal the win away. Instead, they held off the late rally and kept their season on track. Next week against Arizona at home should be a gimme, but they did get obliterated by the Bills at home so who knows what might happen?

Next: vs Cardinals

The Chicago Bears were on a bye

Hopefully Mitch Trubisky cooled off a bit during his week off. The Bears get to take on a flailing Dolphins team on a two-game skid this week before the big-bad-Patriots come to town in Week 7. Miami is on blowout alert as Ryan Tannehill has no idea how to handle himself when put under pressure. If there is one thing this Bears team is good at it’s doing just that.

Next: @ Dolphins

The Green Bay Packers somehow only lost 31-23 to the Detroit Lions

As disheartening as last week’s game was for the Packers (wasn’t at all disheartening for me, I loved it) there are some positives to take away from it. Green Bay was playing without two of their top three receivers, their kicker Mason Crosby played the worst game of his life and their star quarterback looked a bit off but they only lost by eight on the road to a division rival.

Aaron Rodgers is slowly returning to form and the team shouldn’t be as beat up next week. Mason Crosby will never leave 13 points on the field again (probably). A “Monday Night Football” game at home against the C.J. Beathard-led San Francisco 49ers is a good way to get their season back on track in an NFC North that no one apparently wants to win.

Next: vs 49ers

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