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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Receive 1st No. 1 Votes of 2022

The Vikings (8-1) extended their win streak to seven games after a miraculous 33-30 victory at Buffalo.

Minnesota and Philadelphia are the only teams left in the NFL with one loss.

Here's a look at where the Vikings rank heading into Week 11:

No. 3 (up 4 spots): Dan Hanzus –

No matter how this season turns out, the Vikings and their fans will always cherish what happened on Sunday in Buffalo. Down 17 points late in the third quarter, Minnesota mounted a furious comeback behind standout performances from their most important players: money throws from Kirk Cousins, mind-exploding catches from Justin Jefferson, a game-changing run from Dalvin Cook, and glorious ball-hawking from Patrick Peterson in a 33-30 overtime win over the powerhouse Bills. It was the type of signature win against a Super Bowl favorite that gives the Vikings legitimacy beyond their stellar win-loss record. Said Peterson to the doubters: "Look at us now. Look at us now. That's all I could say."

No. 3 (no change): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Vikings entered Week 10 riding a six-game winning streak. But what they didn't have was a statement win over a quality opponent, a victory that legitimized them as Super Bowl contenders.

After their 33-30 overtime victory against the Buffalo Bills, they now have one.

Sunday's win in Buffalo had a little of everything. The Vikings trailed by 17 points in the second half before roaring back to take the lead with less than a minute left. But the Bills scored to force overtime and were driving toward a game-winning touchdown in OT before a Patrick Peterson interception squashed the comeback.

Peterson told reporters after the game that the win sent a message to everyone who doubts these Vikings.

"We're not trying to prove them wrong. We just want to continue to prove ourselves right each and every time we step on the field," Peterson said. "I believe the largest margin was 13, 14, 17? So if we're not a good football team, how could you come back from that deficit? Look at us now."

"The Vikings have become the kings of living dangerously," Gary Davenport said. "They fall behind time after time, but they keep finding ways to gut out a win. Say what you will about Kirk Cousins. Or a defense allowing the fourth-most yards per game in the league. But peeling off seven wins in a row isn't easy, and neither is going into Buffalo and beating the Bills. If there was any doubt as to whether the Vikings are for real, the matter was settled Sunday."

"Can we talk about how good Justin Jefferson is?" Brent Sobleski added. "If not for him, the Vikings wouldn't have beaten the Bills. His 193-yard performance, including the most ridiculous one-handed, contested stab of a catch ever seen on 4th-and-18 late in the fourth quarter, is the stuff of legend. He caught nine passes against the Bills with a completion probability of less than 50 percent, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. No other receiver has had more than six in a game since the stat began.

"Jefferson is HIM, and he'll drag the Vikings toward legitimate Super Bowl contention."

No. 3 (up 1 spot): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News

The Vikings, after losing to the Eagles on the road in Week 2, needed a signature win through all their close-game victories to get a little more respect as Super Bowl contenders. That came with the minor miracle in Buffalo, fueled by Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook.

No. 3 (no change): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

It's time to believe in this team. They might not always be pretty, but they get the job done. They face a tough game this week with Dallas.

No. 1 (up 4 spots): Conor Orr – Sports Illustrated

To be considered the best, one must beat the best. The Vikings did so, with their lone, blowout loss to the Eagles standing as their only negative on the season. We can attribute this rise to many things, but, most importantly, the Vikings are capitalizing on the moments when luck reveals itself to them and says, "Here, take it."

View Vikings in Big Head Mode during the thrilling overtime win over Buffalo at Highmark Stadium.

No. 1 (up 1 spot): Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

Team of Destiny, even if destiny means finding yet another spectacular way to lose in the postseason.

No. 2 (up 5 spots): Nate Davis – USA TODAY Sports

The average margin of victory during their seven-game win streak is 5.1 points, all of those triumphs coming by one score. But when you've got a clean-up hitter like WR Justin Jefferson and a closer like CB Patrick Peterson, who cares about style points?

No. 3 (up 3 spots): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports

It was OK to be skeptical about the Vikings start. This wasn't a classic dominant 7-1 start. But a win at Buffalo, even as close as that one was, validates Minnesota's start.