Sunday was a good day for the Vikings away from the Metrodome, too. Five teams, including Detroit, took a step back, and the Vikings moved up to the No. 7 seed in the NFC race:

DIVISION LEADERS

Dallas (East) 11-1 Green Bay (North) 10-2 Seattle (West) 8-4 Tampa Bay (South) 8-4

CONTENDERS

N.Y. Giants (E) 8-4 Arizona (W) 6-6 Vikings (N) 6-6 Detroit (N) 6-6 Carolina (S) 5-7 New Orleans (S) 5-7 Washington (E) 5-7 Philadelphia (E) 5-7 Chicago (N) 5-7