DENVER — The Minnesota Vikings continue to keep the pressure on the Green Bay Packers.
By beating the Bears on a last-second field goal on Sunday, the Vikings improved to 5-2, meaning the Packers must beat the Broncos in order to stay two games ahead in the NFC North title chase. A loss to Denver — a team that beat Minnesota by three points here at Sports Authority Field at Mile High earlier this season — would shrink Green Bay’s division lead to just one game.
The Packers and Vikings don’t play one another for the first time this season for another three weeks, in Minnesota, with the rematch scheduled for Week 17 in Green Bay.
Elsewhere in the NFC: Atlanta’s overtime defeat to Tampa Bay on Sunday has left everybody in the NFC with at least two losses except Green Bay and Carolina, who are both 6-0. Carolina plays Monday night against Indianapolis.
The Packers and Panthers play one another next week, of course, with the winner assuming the top spot in the conference.
Long time coming: It’s been eight years since the Packers visited Denver and seven years since QBs Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning went head-to-head. The Packers came out on top in both, winning in overtime on a Monday night in 2007, and beating Manning’s Colts at Lambeau Field in 2008.
For more on Rodgers’ history against the league’s top QBs, and the memories from the 2007 trip to Denver, check out the latter portions of this week’s “One Last Look” feature.
Three down, one to go: After Sunday night, the Packers will have played three of the four teams in the AFC West this season, and they won’t play the fourth for seven more weeks. The Packers beat the Chiefs and Chargers at home within the first six weeks of the season, but now they won’t play the Raiders until traveling to Oakland in Week 15 (Dec. 20).
The Vikings also have already played three of the four AFC West teams, going 2-1 so far. Minnesota travels to Oakland in Week 10 (Nov. 15).
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