Rapid Reaction: Vikings 38, Packers 26

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With half of its schedule complete, I would say Minnesota has put itself in a nicely padded and comfortable driver’s seat in the NFC North race.

Brett Favre departed Lambeau Field triumphantly on Sunday, throwing a season-high four touchdown passes against his former team. The Favre-Packers storyline made for a fun sidelight, but in the big picture here’s what you need to know: Entering their bye week, the Vikings have opened up a 2.5 game lead over Green Bay and Chicago in the NFC North.

They’ve swept the Packers, thanks in large part to Favre’s seven touchdown passes against them this season. That means the Packers will have to win three more games than the Vikings do for the rest of the season in order to overtake them for a division title.

The Bears are actually in better position. They have both games left against the Vikings, giving them a better ability to control their own destiny.

I’ll be back with more on and from Favre, who led a key touchdown drive to put the game away in the fourth quarter. But for now, let’s all agree Minnesota is in pretty good position from a Black and Blue perspective.