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Will Bradford's Familiarity with Eagles Help Vikings?

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford will see some familiar faces this week when Minnesota travels to Philadelphia.

Bradford, acquired in a trade from the Eagles on Sept. 3, spent the 2015 season in Philadelphia and threw for 3,725 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Tim Yotter of Viking Update wrote that since Bradford was with the Eagles less than two months ago, his Minnesota teammates will likely pick his brain for information.

Yotter wrote:

*Bradford spent the entire offseason preparing to be the Eagles' starting quarterback, but a trade to the Vikings eight days before regular-season opener gives the Vikings additional information about how the Eagles operate offensively and what their rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz, likes. *

"Most definitely we're going to pick (Bradford's) brain about it. I'm sure they're going to try to change some things up, because he was their starter. He was supposed to be their starter from Week 1, until the trade happened, so we're definitely going to ask him," cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. "But at the same time we're just going to focus on our keys and go out there and compete."

Yotter noted that both sides have fared well after the trade.

Bradford is 4-0 as the Vikings starter and has thrown for 990 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions.

Wentz and the Eagles are 3-2, as the rookie quarterback has thrown for 1,186 yards with seven touchdowns and one pick.

*Bradford is second in the NFL with a 109.8 passer rating, but Wentz is eighth at 99.9 and has thrown only one interception against seven touchdowns. Bradford has thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions, making the Vikings only the second team in NFL history to start a season 5-0 without throwing an interception. *

Vikings improved divisional position during bye week

The Vikings had a one-game lead as they entered their bye last weekend.

By the time Minnesota players and coaches returned to work Monday, the Vikings lead in the NFC North had been stretched to two games.

Dan Graziano of ESPN.com wrote Minnesota is in good shape even though three of its next four games are on the road.

The Minnesota Vikings didn't play this week, but the Packers' loss to the Cowboys means the Vikings come back from their bye with a two-game lead over a Packers team they beat in Week 2. Yeah, three of their next four games are on the road. And two of them are against teams from that resurgent NFC East. But after everything this team endured the first couple of weeks of the season, you get the feeling they can handle a few road trips.

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