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NFL Power Rankings: Pundits Counting Out the Vikings?

The Vikings lost 26-20 against the Washington Redskins on Wednesday.

Minnesota and the Detroit Lions hold 5-4 records in the NFC North.

The Vikings will play at home this week and host the Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1) at U.S. Bank Stadium at noon (CT) Sunday.

Let's see where the experts placed the Vikings on their power rankings lists heading into Week 11.


*Not a complete freefall here, given the two close losses in a row, but a sizable drop nonetheless. Once again, the offensive line's faults will be underlined. Perhaps not totally fair, but the pressure on Kyle Rudolph coming from left tackle on the final play was suffocating. Preston Smith galloped around Jake Long replacement Jeremiah Sirles like he was ______ (insert almost any Vikings lineman here). If you consider that a harsh assessment, grab a telescope and look for the ground "attack." The RBs combined for 36 yards on 20 carries.
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Vikings #16NFL.com


QB Sam Bradford's average pass has traveled 6.4 yards past the line of scrimmage this season, which ranks as the shortest in the NFL. That average is fine when your team is winning, but when you've lost four straight, you need a little more from the passing game. The Cardinals are up next.

Vikings #15ESPN


With Jake Long now done with an Achilles tear, the Vikings are back to shuffling the offensive line.

Vikings #17SB Nation


The Vikings are officially in a freefall as they've now lost four straight and look lethargic on offense. Even the defense has been underwhelming in recent weeks. The Vikings have to get back on track if they hope to make the playoffs. They need production out of someone not named Stefon Diggs.

 Vikings #13FOX Sports


Sam Bradford* committed one error in his latest Vikings appearance.*

It was one error too many. Preston Smith's incredible one-handed interception sent Minnesota's offense back into the dark ages in the waning minutes of its Week 10 game. The losing streak goes on.

That's four losses for a team ranked as high as No. 2 in these power rankings. It seems like forever ago, doesn't it? Currently, Bradford's arm is the only points-scoring asset his team has. Even the defense, which used to score points itself, could only muster a single Kirk Cousins sack.

Looking forward:* Arizona is no NFL heavyweight. Then again, neither are some of the teams that've topped Minnesota in its four-game slide.*

Vikings #20*Bleacher Report*


*Defense has just three sacks during four-game skid and has allowed at least 20 points per week, something that never happened in 5-0 start. *

Vikings #17USA TODAY


So, it looks like the Vikings spent a first-round pick for a playoff-less season with Sam Bradford, eh?

Vikings #12Yahoo Sports


*They've lost four straight after opening the season 5-0. The bad offensive line play is killing this team. *

Vikings #16CBS Sports


Remember when the Vikings were 5-0? Nope, didn't think so. The problems become more prevalent every week. Another offensive lineman, Jake Long, was hurt Sunday at FedEx Field. … The offense was shut out in the second half. The defense even played down to the offense's level at times. Things probably won't be getting better. This is the team the Vikings probably should have been all along once Stefon Diggs, Adrian Peterson and Riley Reiff got hurt.

Vikings #20Washington Post


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