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NFL Power Rankings: Experts Rank the Vikings After First Loss

The Vikings lost their first game of the season last week on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles 21-10.

The New England Patriots hold the best record in the NFL (6-1), and Minnesota joins the Dallas Cowboys as one of two teams in the NFL with a (5-1) record.

Will one loss cost the Vikings in the weekly power rankings lists?

Minnesota will head to Chicago (1-6) to take on QB Jay Cutler and the Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 8.

Let's take a look where the experts rank the Vikings heading into the prime-time matchup.

*The curse of the top spot continues. For the fourth time in the last five weeks, our No. 1 team fell. (Yes, Patriots fans, it happened to your team, too.) This Maddenesque phenomenon might've occurred last week had the Vikings not been on a bye. The bottom line in Philadelphia comes down to age-old football logic: turn the football over four times, and it doesn't matter how good your team is. Kyle Rudolph gave his former squad the last laugh ... in the form of three giveaways. Next up: at Chicago. *


What a difference a week makes. The Vikings' unbeaten season ended at Philadelphia, and QB Sam Bradford's three turnovers sort of reminded us of, well, the old Sam Bradford. Can the Vikings get back on track Monday night against the 1-6 Bears?

Vikings #5 —ESPN

*Even a 21-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles isn't enough to sell your stock in the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, Sam Bradford threw an interception and fumbled four times on six sacks, and those are bad signs for the team after losing Riley Reiff and Andre Smith. *

Vikings #2SB Nation

The Vikings were seemingly exposed against the Eagles on Sunday as their offensive line was pushed around, causing Sam Bradford and his supporting cast to sputter. Is this a formula for beating Minnesota? It might be, but they'll get it back on track in the coming weeks. A trade for an offensive lineman could be on the horizon.

Vikings #5FOX Sports

The Minnesota Vikings are the NFC's Denver Broncos.

Both teams use a short passing game. Both teams stubbornly pound the football. And both teams require a game-changing defensive/special teams play to remain in a game sometimes.

Sam Bradford couldn't get scoring help from his defense. His offensive line didn't help, either. They also couldn't pace the way for Jerick McKinnon and Co. yet again.

I've never drastically downgraded Denver for playing this style. How could I with the Vikings? They're still a top-tier team in my book.

Vikings #2*Bleacher Report*

It's a treat to watch that defense. But will a shabby O-line and absence of their top running back scuttle any Super Bowl aspirations?

Vikings #5USA TODAY

While the offensive line looked really bad – and that was the biggest reason Sam Bradford looked bad – there's no reason to believe the Vikings were exposed. They're still one of the NFL's best teams. They just aren't going 16-0. No big surprise.

Vikings #3Yahoo Sports

*They lost for the first time at Philly, and that offensive line was awful. That has to be better or the defense could go to waste. *

Vikings #3 —CBS Sports

The focus was on QB Sam Bradford for his three-turnover performance in the loss at Philadelphia. But the bigger worry going forward is the state of Bradford's patchwork offensive line.

Vikings #5Washington Post

*They weren't going to win them all.

Vikings #3 Pro Football Talk*

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