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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings as High as No. 8 Heading into Packers Game

Each week we'll see where many of the experts rank the Vikings on their power rankings lists. This week Minnesota will host the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium and take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.

Let's see where the experts rank the Vikings heading into Week 2.


*Heckuva show-up-and-steal-one-on-the-road rendering from the Vikings. Of course, the defense stole the show Sunday, providing two touchdowns for an offense that sputtered most of the afternoon. Although quarterback Shaun Hill made a few throws the team needed, sporting a sweet little connection with the oft-forgotten Stefon Diggs (103 yards on seven catches). Adrian Peterson could never get going, as the Titans' defense dared Hill to beat them. He didn't, but the entire team did. *

Vikings #10NFL.com


The Vikings' defense scored two touchdowns in Week 1 while the offense scored no touchdowns. It resulted in a win, but that was against the Titans. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will provide a tougher test in Week 2.

Vikings #12 —ESPN


*The Vikings were very good, especially the secondary — everywhere but on offense, failing to score an offensive touchdown against the Titans. *

Vikings #8SB Nation


The Vikings put up 25 points against the Titans, but neither of their two touchdowns came from the offense. Minnesota did next to nothing offensively as Adrian Peterson had just 31 yards on 19 carries. They hardly look threatening without Stefon Diggs, which will be a serious issue going forward. They have to hope Kyle Rudolph can provide a spark.

Vikings #10FOX Sports


It doesn't really matter who plays QB.

This Vikings team has a defense that's 2015 Denver Broncos/2013 Seattle Seahawks special. As we saw against the Titans, it can score touchdowns and win games by itself. Just play solid offense and get out of its way.

I like how the Vikes showed up just a handful of days after losing Teddy Bridgewater. There was lots of talk about how the Titans were going to attack them, but like their head coach, this team is prepared, mentally tough and defensive-minded.

Next opponent:* Green Bay Packers*

Vikings #9Bleacher Report


*Once Sam Bradford is ready, defenses can't solely focus on Adrian Peterson. But as long as defense produces two TDs per week, they'll be just fine. *

Vikings #9USA Today


Anyone worried about Adrian Peterson? Just 31 yards on 19 carries is concerning for a team that is going to rely on him even more than usual. But then again, Peterson had 31 yards on 10 carries in Week 1 last year and won a rushing title. The last time Peterson had 100 rushing yards in the opener was 2009.

Vikings #13Yahoo Sports


With their defense, they might not need much from the quarterback. The defense scored twice against Tennessee. Who starts at quarterback next week?

Vikings #11CBS Sports


If the defense can score two touchdowns every week, the Vikings will be just fine without Teddy Bridgewater.

Vikings #10Pro Football Talk


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