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6 Items of Interest During Vikings Week 6 Bye

The Vikings are back at work after their Week 6 bye.

Minnesota (5-0) is scheduled to practice Monday and begin preparations for a trip to Philadelphia to face the Eagles (3-2), who have dropped two in a row since their bye in Week 4.

Here are six things that happened across the NFL while the Vikings were off:


1) Passing milestones

Three quarterbacks hit monumental milestones during games on Sunday.

Drew Brees became the sixth quarterback ever with more than 50,000 passing yards with one team. He has 50,289 in 11 seasons with the Saints. Brees threw for 465 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, moving by Peyton Manning for the NFL record of 15 games with 400 or more passing yards.

Tom Brady became the fourth player in NFL history to reach 5,000 completions. Brady completed 29 of 35 passes (82.9 percent) for 376 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He has 5,010 completions and trails Brett Favre (6,300), Manning (6,125) and Brees (5,515).

Eli Manning recorded his 100th regular-season victory and became the eighth player in NFL history with more than 300 touchdown passes. The Giants quarterback threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns, pushing his total to 302 scoring passes.

The Vikings defense leads the league in opposing passer rating allowed (65.3) and limited Eli Manning to a rating of 63.3.


2) Running on the road

Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott's 157 rushing yards helped pace the Cowboys to a 30-16 victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay (3-2) entered the game leading the NFL in rushing defense (42.8 yards per game), but Dallas (5-1) totaled 191 rushing yards, more than four times the average. Elliott's 703 yards in his first six games is second-most in NFL history behind Eric Dickerson (787), and he has rushed for 130-plus yards in four straight games.


3) Elsewhere in the NFC North

The Lions improved to 3-3 with a 31-28 victory over the Rams (3-3) by scoring that game's final 10 points, and the Bears (1-5) surrendered 10 points at home in the final five minutes to lose 17-16 to the Jaguars (2-3). Matthew Stafford recorded his 10th career game with at least four touchdown passes, becoming the fourth-youngest quarterback to do so (Dan Marino, Favre, Peyton Manning). He hit Golden Tate for a 23-yard touchdown to tie the game at 28 in the fourth quarter. Matt Prater gave Detroit a lead with 1:29 to go, and Rafael Bush intercepted Case Keenum to seal the Lions second-straight win.  The Bears built a 13-0 lead but a roughing-the-passer penalty on a third-and-7 at the end of the third quarter extended what became the Jaguars first touchdown drive of the day.

4) Future opponents collide

Philadelphia opened its season with three straight wins but dropped its second in a row to a Washington team that has won four consecutive games after falling in its first two outings of the season.

The Eagles got an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Wendell Smallwood and a 64-yard interception return for a score by Malcolm Jenkins but were unable to put the ball in the end zone on offense. Washington netted 230 rushing yards and 493 total yards of offense against a Philadelphia squad that entered the game at second in the NFL for yards allowed (266.8) and third in rushing yards allowed (73.3).

The Vikings will see both teams on the road in a four-game span, visiting Philadelphia on Sunday and Washington on Nov. 13.

5) Potential NFC playoff teams

The Seahawks scored nine points in the final 4:43 against the Falcons for a 26-24 comeback victory. Seattle improved to 4-1 despite allowing 335 yards and three touchdowns by Matt Ryan. Seattle was flagged just three times on the day and forced two turnovers by Atlanta (4-2), including an interception off a deflection.

The Vikings aren't scheduled to play either of these teams this season, but they could see either or both in the postseason if all teams finish the year as strong as they've started.

View some of the best images shot by the team photographer (IG: vikingsphotog) from the season so far.

6) Big day for Ajayi

Jay Ajayi became the second player in Dolphins history (Ricky Williams) to rush for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns in a game. Ajayi rolled off a 62-yard touchdown with less than a minute left to finish a 30-15 upset of the Steelers (4-2) by the Dolphins (2-4).

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