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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings at 9, 10 or 11?

The Vikings were without four defensive starters in their last game against the Arizona Cardinals and put up a tough fight on the road Thursday night in the 23-20 defeat.

There was some debate across the Internet on if the Vikings should have kicked a 48-yard field goal on third down, or try to get a few more yards.

A look at the numbers shows the Vikings were playing the percentages in trying to get a few more yards.

Since 2005, NFL kickers have made 67.5 percent of 48-yard field goals (245 of 363).

74.1 percent of 43-yard field goals (263 of 355).

83.9 percent of 38-yard field goals (329 of 392).

Note that an extra 10 yards accounts for over a 15 percent higher chance of NFL kickers to make a field goal from the shorter distance.

Minnesota (8-5) hosts a divisional opponent in the Chicago Bears (5-8) at the University of Minnesota Sunday.

Here's a look at the NFL power rankings lists to see where the experts rank the Vikings heading into Week 15.


Vikings #9—USA Today Sports

Vikings # 10—Yahoo Sports

Vikings # 11—ESPN.com* *

Vikings #11—Bleacher Report

Vikings #11—Washington Post

Vikings #11—NFL.com* *

Vikings #11—FOX Sports

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