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NFL Power Rankings: Experts Rank Vikings with Five Games to Go

The Vikings took a tough loss on Thanksgiving Day.

Minnesota (6-5) sits just one game behind the Detroit Lions atop the NFC North with five games to play.

The Vikings will play the Dallas Cowboys (10-1) on Thursday Night Football at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Let's see where the experts placed the Vikings on their power rankings lists for Week 13.

The Vikings are 1-5 in their past six games and have scored the fourth-fewest points per game (16.5) in that stretch. However, the Vikings are still given a 56 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to NFL FPI. A win Thursday against the Cowboys would go a long way toward helping the cause.

Vikings #18ESPN

The Vikings are quickly slipping out of the playoff picture after losing their fifth game in the past six weeks. Kyle Rudolph has struggled with a poor offensive line attempting to protect him, and there's still no running game to speak of. Their loss to the Lions significantly hurt their postseason hopes now that they're out of first place in the NFC North.

 Vikings #14FOX Sports

For all its late-game struggles against Matthew Stafford, this Vikings defense is still surrendering only 17.5 points a game.

That points right back to the offense. When push came to shove in the fourth quarter, Minnesota only picked up 10 yards on four third-down tries. Conversely, the Lions picked up 46.

Looking forward: You better believe Mike Zimmer is coming after Dak Prescott. Whether or not his defense gets there is another question.

Vikings #19*Bleacher Report*

Thursday's tilt with Dallas is Vikes' last against [a team that currently has a winning record]. We recommend Sam Bradford attack them deep and throw a 5-yard pass downfield.

Vikings #18USA TODAY

They have now lost five of their last six and are two behind the Lions in the division since they lost twice to them. Now comes a tough one with the Cowboys on Thursday night.

Vikings #17CBS Sports

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