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2-2, 2nd in NFC North
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Vikings trade LB Hodges to 49ers for C Easton

The Vikings traded Gerald Hodges, who started the first four games of the season, to the 49ers in exchange for a sixth-round pick and center Nick Easton on Tuesday.

Vikings trade LB to 49ers

The Vikings traded LB Gerald Hodges to the 49ers for a 6th-round draft pick and center Nick Easton, GM Rick Spielman announced Tuesday. With the move, rookie 2nd-round pick Eric Kendricks will likely start at MLB.

New coaches pepper top of NFL Power Rankings (1:43)
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Denver unleashed pass rushers on QB

What Wade Phillips' defense did to Teddy Bridgewater in Week 4 was borderline cruel. The D-coordinator unleashed a ferocious pass rush that terrorized the quarterback from all angles. Grantland: NFL winners and losers

Catch confusion still prominent in the NFL (3:10)
Hillman, Bridgewater earn game balls (1:34)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos DB Chris Harris, on Teddy Bridgewater: "A lot of times we were able to get Bridgewater scrambling. Usually, sometimes he forces the throws on those, but today he was like, 'No, I'm just going to take this shot.' And he didn't really force anything. He took the easy throw all day."

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Bridgewater willed his team back

Despite facing a constant barrage of blitzes, Teddy Bridgewater did everything in his power to get Minnesota back into the game. The QB hit 11 of his first 12 passes in the second half. Week 4 game balls

Why the Broncos don't feel like a 4-0 team (3:15)
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Broncos hold off Vikings

The Broncos remained perfect in a back-and-forth game vs. the Vikings, that ended up 23-20 thanks in large part to help from the defense. Denver kept the pressure on Teddy Bridgewater all day, sacking him 7 times. Box score

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

BRONCOS 23, VIKINGS 20 (FINAL): In what was both an impressive comeback and a missed opportunity, the Vikings' struggles protecting Teddy Bridgewater loomed large. Bridgewater was sacked seven times in the loss, including two on the Vikings' final drive, and his impressive second half (13 of 15 for 131 yards) went for naught.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

BRONCOS 13, VIKINGS 10 (HALFTIME): For as much trouble as the Vikings had protecting Teddy Bridgewater in a first half where the second-year QB was sacked three times and pressured into a number of bad throws, it was a defensive play from the Vikings’ other 2014 first-rounder that changed the complexion. Anthony Barr – who’s been targeted in pass coverage in the past – made an impressive read to step in front of a Peyton Manning screen for an interception in the last minute of the first half. If not for another missed Blair Walsh field goal, the Vikings and Broncos would be tied. Adrian Peterson has 10 carries for 28 yards, with four of them coming out of the shotgun after the Vikings had ditched shotgun handoffs to Peterson a week ago.

Team Stats

Passing Yards165.231st
Rushing Yards136.52nd
Points For20.021st
Points Against18.2Tied-6th

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