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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings A Unanimous Top 5 Team?

The Vikings defeated the Los Angeles Rams 24-7 in an electric game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Minnesota has won six straight games and looks to keep the winning streak going against the Detroit Lions on a short turnaround week.

The Vikings return to Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day for the second year in a row on Thursday.

The experts released their Power Rankings lists heading into Week 12 on Tuesday morning.

We'll take a look at where the Vikings rank and how their rank changed from Week 11 below:


4: (Up 2 Spots): Elliott Harrison – NFL.com

I almost put the Vikings in the top three. If NFL.com allowed me to, I would have had Pittsburgh at 3a and Minnesota at 3b. These two teams are so even in terms of all-around roster, the presence of ascending defenses, how they disposed of potential playoff teams this weekend, and so on. The tiebreaker here was their head-to-head matchup earlier this season (which Pittsburgh won and otherwise means little to nothing at this point). Point is, the Vikings deserve to be at least this high after the way they performed Sunday. Case Keenum, please don't scare us like this again.


4: (Up 2 Spots):ESPN.com* *

Case Keenum* has turned this season into a win for the Vikings. He has taken just one sack in his past six games and has posted the league's best Total QBR (94) against the blitz this season. He ranks second in overall QBR this season, behind the injured Deshaun Watson.*


5: (Up 1 Spot): Vinnie Iyer –Sporting News

Case Keenum keeps needing to prove he deserves to remain the starting quarterback, and it has been master motivation. He's not close to a perfect, polished passer, but he's right for what they need to maximize their receivers and facilitate the running game.

This week: at Lions, a chance for needed Thanksgiving revenge


5: (Up 3 Spots): Frank Schwab –Yahoo Sports

How many teams have a better receiver tandem than the Vikings? Stefon Diggs is very good, and Adam Thielen is on pace for 1,466 yards. There's a reason the Vikings offense has been just fine despite Sam Bradford being out and Teddy Bridgewater still working his way back.


5: (Up 1 Spot) Pete Prisco –CBS Sports* *

*There is no need to take Case Keenum out of the lineup. With the pressure of that talk hanging over his head, he played well against the Rams. Let it ride. *


4: (Up 4 Spots):USA TODAY Sports

*Here's one of the weirdest notes of 2017 season — Minnesota hasn't lost since RB Dalvin Cook's season-ending knee injury. *


5: (Up 1 Spot): MMQB Staff –Sports Illustrated

*Last Week's Rank: 6*

*Points in MMQB Power Poll: 485*

*Highest-Place Vote: Third*

*Lowest-Place Vote: Fifth (9)*

*Last Week's Result: Win vs. L.A. Rams, 24-7*

*Week 12 Opponent: at Detroit (Thursday)*


5: (Up 1 Spot): Mark Maske –Washington Post

Their lopsided triumph over the Rams reinforces the possibility that the Vikings could become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its own stadium. They are certainly capable of that. But there's a long way to go, and it should be a very interesting three-way struggle between the Eagles, Saints and Vikings to see which team emerges from the NFC.


4: (Up 1 Spot) Chris Simms –Bleacher Report

Last Week's Ranking: 5

Should the Vikings bench Case Keenum for Teddy Bridgewater even though they might go to the Super Bowl with Keenum?

Hopefully Keenum's latest performance puts an end to this question, which is one of the stupidest I've heard over the last few years. Keenum is playing like one of the best signal-callers in the league and far better than Bridgewater ever has.

Keenum makes the Vikings offense dangerous. He has weapons in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. The run game has become a force to be reckoned with, and the defense is special.

That defense played well against the Rams, but L.A. did move the ball early. The game-changer came when Anthony Harris stripped Cooper Kupp on Minnesota's 1-yard line. That was a momentum-shifter, and the Vikings never looked back after that.

Minnesota is one of the best teams in football, and they continue to prove it every week.


4: (Up 1 Spot) Mike Florio –Pro Football Talk**

Having Teddy Bridgewater looming over Case Keenum's shoulder actually makes Keenum play better.


4: (Up 3 Spots) Manish Mehta –New York Daily News

Case Keenum is right: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And it certainly ain't broke right now for Mike Zimmer, who must leave his inspired journeyman quarterback in there until further notice. Three consecutive daunting road games await against the Lions, Falcons and Panthers.


4 (Up 3 Spots) Brad Biggs –Chicago Tribune

Mike Zimmer's defense is getting due recognition after stifling the powerful Rams offense.


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