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NFL Power Rankings: Are the Vikings Playoff Contenders?

After the victory in Chicago, the Vikings take a perfect (3-0) divisional record back home to face the St. Louis Rams in Week 9. At (5-2) overall Minnesota has won two consecutive road games. We'll take a look at the NFL power rankings lists to see where the experts rank Minnesota during Week 9.

The NFL isn't easy, and it never will be for rookie wide receivers. But Minnesota Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs is trying hard to prove that theory wrong by making cornerbacks do little more than flail because of his precise route running.

Diggs has now caught 25 balls for 419 yards over only his first four NFL games. That includes 95 yards during a win Sunday over the Chicago Bears—most of which came on his 40-yard, game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

He's averaging 16.8 yards per reception and is quickly turning into a fifth-round steal.

Vikings #7**Bleacher Report**

The metrics aren't good, the schedule has been soft and they've won some games that were a bit closer than they should have been for a 5-2 team. But I still am willing to buck the trend and stand behind this Vikings team. I think they're clearly on their way to the playoffs.

Vikings # 7**Yahoo Sports!**

The next three games (Rams, Raiders, Packers) will show whether the Vikings are for real or fraudulent.

Vikings #7**Pro Football Talk**

The advanced metrics say the Vikings have been very lucky this season when it comes to their turnover ratio, but with a strong defense and run game, this is a team built to improve in the colder months ahead.

Vikings #7**FOX Sports**

They've won NFC North road games two weeks in a row. They'd won one NFC North road game in previous five seasons.

Vikings #8**USA Today Sports**

At 5-2, they are a playoff contender. They have a physical game coming up this week with the Rams.

Vikings #8**CBS Sports**

*Nice division win on the road for Minnesota, which, at 5-2, is starting to make noise in the NFC. In fact, if the season ended today, the Vikings and Falcons would be your two NFC wild-card teams. Make no mistake, Minnesota's schedule will get much tougher: the Rams come into town Sunday, then it's at Raiders, vs. Packers, at Falcons, vs. Seahawks and at Cardinals. Winning three of those six would count as a decent showing for Mike Zimmer's club. *

Vikings #8****

The Vikings have won three straight, all by single digits, and are now a game out of first place in the NFC North. Stefon Diggs is fourth in the NFL in receiving yards during the win streak (332).

Vikings #11**ESPN**

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