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3-0, 1st in NFC North

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Charles Woodson, Randy Moss, Cortez Kennedy and two of New Orleans' finest here for the Monday Night Football game. We had lunch today at Company Burger -- very good as usual.

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James Jones on Bradford: 'He's a better fit for this team than Bridgewater' (1:02)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Boone, who left after a hip injury on Sunday, should be ready to play Monday night against the Giants, Mike Zimmer said. Boone had a MRI on his hip on Monday, and Zimmer said Boone is fine.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said he's gotten two text messages and a phone call from Bill Parcells since the Vikings' game yesterday -- including one at 5:30 this morning. The Hall of Fame coach is still up that early, even in retirement? "He said he's so invested in this team, he had to get up and get a workout in to relieve the stress," Zimmer said.

ESPN Stats & Info

Insult added to injury for Cam Newton

In addition to his ankle injury, Newton suffered three interceptions and eight sacks on Sunday against the Vikings. Only three other QBs have reached those totals in a single game since 1990, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Assessing the Vikings' staying power

Mike Sando had Minnesota as an underrated team entering the season, but even he didn't expect this. Now the question becomes whether this success is sustainable. Can surprise teams keep it up? (Insider)

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Just how good is the Vikings' defense?

Really, really good, as it turns out. The turnovers and TDs are unsustainably high, but Minnesota's depth and pass rush are here to stay, Bill Barnwell writes. Only two units rank higher. Stacking the best defenses

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Matthew Berry's fantasy world turned upside down (1:52)
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Vikings' defense shuts down Newton, Panthers (0:55)
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Zimmer: 'Our team believes' (0:30)
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Vikings back to playing like themselves (1:23)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Vikings are the 19th team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to play 2 straight games against the previous 2 MVP quarterbacks. They are the 3rd to win both of those games; the 2005 Seattle Seahawks (who eventually reached the Super Bowl) beat Steve McNair and Peyton Manning, while the 1996 Dallas Cowboys beat Steve Young and Brett Favre. The 1996 Cowboys, of course, had a young defensive backs coach named Mike Zimmer.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said he went for a two-point conversion early in the second half because Blair Walsh missed his extra point in the first half. "Both the field goals were important. He's got to make these extra points, though -- jeez," Zimmer said. "That's why I went for two, and I probably shouldn't have -- and I probably shouldn't say I shouldn't have -- but that's why I went for two, because we missed the one extra point. It was early in the second half, but I just wanted to get us back on schedule."

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on Everson Griffen, who had three sacks despite being ill on Sunday, "Trying to block him is an all-day affair. He's never going to take a play off. The great thing about him is, he's a tremendous football player, but he's a tremendous team person, as well. I think he understands the help he gets from other guys, and the other guys understand the help they get from him."

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Rivera takes blame for Panthers' mistakes (0:23)

Team Stats

Passing Yards214.328th
Rushing Yards51.032nd
Points For21.3Tied-20th
Points Against13.33rd

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