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4-2, 1st in NFC North
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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's back. Teddy Bridgewater goes through practice for the first time since Aug. 30, 2016. Only Bridgewater, Case Keenum and Kyle Sloter today. No Sam Bradford for a fourth straight practice.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

What does Mike Zimmer need to see out of Teddy Bridgewater in practice to determine if he can play this season? Movement, being able to protect himself and avoiding defenders that break free are all at the top of Zimmer's list. The coach says he is able see some of those things in practice despite it not being at game speed. The key as the Vikings ease Bridgewater back in will be seeing how the quarterback reacts to scenarios of where the environment is not as controlled as what he's been used to over the last 14 months.

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Vikings not expected to rush Bridgewater (0:48)
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Power Rankings: Minnesota makes a move

It's hard to have a better week than the one the Vikings had, as they moved into pole position for the NFC North in one fell swoop.

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FPI: Cards read 'Skol' for NFC North crown

Thanks to a defense that leads the league in lowest third-down conversion rate allowed (25 percent), the Vikings are currently an overwhelming favorite to win the NFC North, and hold the NFL's sixth-best chances of winning the Super Bowl.

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McKinnon embracing new role (2:17)
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Is Minnesota the NFC North favorite? (1:30)
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How Rodgers' injury changes NFC North race

By FPI's measure, the Packers' playoff hopes are cut by more than half with Aaron Rodgers' absence. The Vikings are the primary beneficiary, while the Lions' chances nearly doubled.

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Vikings' Zimmer: Barr's hit on Rodgers not dirty

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Anthony Barr's hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was "above board," and that the Vikings are "not a dirty football team."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Bridgewater has been present in team meetings throughout the last 14 months. Zimmer said he is caught up on the playbook and receives the game script every week to run by himself. "He'll be ready," Zimmer said. "Teddy's smart."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater was cleared today to return to practice, thus opening the 21-day window the Vikings have to remove him from the PUP list. Bridgewater will remain on the PUP while he practices. Mike Zimmer said the team is going to ease Bridgewater in beginning Wednesday. "He hasn't practiced in 14 months," Zimmer said. "We're not going to dose him out (on) Wednesday."

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Vikings have a decision to make on Bridgewater (1:10)
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Vikings should stick with Keenum (1:14)
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Vikings' Bridgewater set to return to practice

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who injured his knee Aug. 30, 2016, has been cleared to return to practice on Wednesday.

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Keenum made Packers' pay for blitzing

In 20 dropbacks on which he was blitzed Sunday, Case Keenum went 12-of-19 for 133 yards and a touchdown, including 8-of-10 for 88 yards when Green Bay sent a defensive back. Keenum is completing 65 percent of his passes with four TDs and no interceptions vs. the blitz this season. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Vikings in NFC North title mix after Rodgers' injury (0:57)
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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The outlook of the NFC North changed when Aaron Rodgers went down early against the Vikings. While the NFL is certainly a week-to-week league, Minnesota is in a good spot tied for first place in the NFC North after Week 6. The division race is wide open with Minnesota's chances of winning the north drastically altered for the better.

Team Stats

Passing Yards238.812th
Rushing Yards117.212th
Points For20.319th
Points Against17.25th

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