NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Back in Experts' Top 10

Posted Oct 16, 2017

The Vikings won their Week 6 matchup at home against the Green Bay Packers and will play at U.S. Bank Stadium again on Sunday to take on the Baltimore Ravens during Week 7.

Baltimore (3-3) lost to the Chicago Bears 27-24 at M&T Bank Stadium this weekend.

The experts released their Power Rankings lists heading into Week 7 on Tuesday morning, and the Vikings have moved up after winning the past two games against NFC North opponents.

We’ll take a look at where the Vikings rank and how their rank changed from Week 6 below:

7: (Up 8 Spots) Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

Case Keenum quietly is becoming a keeper for the Vikings.

8. Washington (3-2; No. 11): Monday night’s date with the Eagles could be a midseason division-title elimination game for Washington.

9: (Up 8 Spots): Elliot Harrison -

Moving the Vikes way up, with Teddy Bridgewater cleared to practice and Jerick McKinnon performing admirably in place of Dalvin Cook. Despite their fine record, going to be a hair conservative and not move them up any higher, not one week after they narrowly escaped Chicago (barely beating a rookie QB making his NFL debut). Minnesota also got out of facing Aaron Rodgers for three quarters on Sunday. That said, I wish I hadn't been conservative when it came to whether or not to have Harrison Smith on my preseason All-Pro team. He was on there until the final cutdown. Now I think Mike Zimmer's big-time safety is a candidate for DPOY. Already at the zenith of Pro Football Focus' rankings, all Smith did was compile five tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception. We don't hear about him enough.

12: (Up 7 Spots): 

Aaron Rodgers is down, the Lions are struggling and the Bears are starting a rookie quarterback. At this point, it appears the NFC North is the Vikings' to lose. They'll face the AFC North, though, with the struggling Ravens and Browns over the next few weeks.

12: (Up 5 Spots): Frank Schwab – Yahoo Sports

Clearly the team that stands to gain the most from Aaron Rodgers’ injury is the Vikings. They got a key win Sunday against Brett Hundley coming in off the bench, so they’ve already benefited. If the Vikings don’t take advantage of this and win the NFC North, it’ll be a pretty big disappointment.

14: (Up 3 Spots): USA TODAY Sports

Last year's first rounder, WR Laquon Treadwell, had three receptions for 51 yards Sunday. He caught one ball for 15 yards in 2016.

9: (Up 4 Sports): MMQB Staff – Sports Illustrated

Last Week’s Rank: 13

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 291

Highest-Place Vote: Fifth

Lowest-Place Vote: 13th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Green Bay, 23-10

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Baltimore

7: (Up 9 Spots) Mark Maske – Washington Post

The hit by Anthony Barr that may have ended Aaron Rodgers’s season wasn’t dirty and it wasn’t illegal. But could it have been avoided? Perhaps. Did Barr drive Rodgers’s shoulder unnecessarily into the turf? Maybe. It’s likely that the Packers will remember that.

9: (Up 6 Spots): Vinnie Iyer Sporting News

The loss of Rodgers for the Packers might end up handing the NFC North title to Minnesota.

8: (Up 4 Spots) Chris Simms – Bleacher Report

The NFC North landscape has changed now that Aaron Rodgers is likely out for the season with a broken collarbone. Minnesota is the team that can come out on top, and having a head-to-head win over the Packers also helps.

Minnesota controlled almost every aspect of the game against Green Bay, and the final score made it seem closer than it was. Case Keenum threw an interception that led to points for the Packers, as did a Jerick McKinnon fumble.

The Vikings are still finding their way on offense. There's no Sam Bradford and no Dalvin Cook. There was no Stefon Diggs in Week 6, and Minnesota desperately needs to get him back. He opens up the offense and makes things easier on other receivers and backs.

Of course, the Vikings don't need a whole lot from their offense to win games. They just need a few big plays each game because the defense is capable of putting the team in position to win by itself.

7: (Up 15 Spots) Adam Stites – SB Nation

13: (Up 4 Spots) Brad Biggs Chicago Tribune

Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared to return to practice, and it’s worth wondering if he gets a shot to play in another month or so.