The Vikings have won four-straight games heading into Week 10. The past two have been won off the foot of K Blair Walsh in the final seconds of each game. This week, Minnesota heads back on the road to take on the Oakland Raiders (4-4). We'll take a look at the NFL power rankings lists to see where the experts rank the Vikings during Week 10.
It appears Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is capable of having a merely normal week. The St. Louis Rams held him to 42 receiving yards and were clearly aware of his explosive downfield speed. Diggs had totaled 419 yards over just the first four games of his rookie season.
But that didn't matter, because the Vikings still pay running back Adrian Peterson to hammer away. Peterson has now accumulated 362 yards from scrimmage over his last three games, 143 of which came Sunday during the Vikings' fourth straight win.
Vikings #5—Bleacher Report
The NFL has determined that the hit by the Rams' Lamarcus Joyner that caused Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's concussion was illegal. Joyner hit Bridgewater in the head after the QB had begun to slide at the end of a running play. The next step in the league's process is to determine potential discipline, and a significant fine seemingly could be coming.
Vikings #5—Washington Post
Whether remarks directed at Jeff Fisher were misguided or not, Mike Zimmer only further endeared himself to locker room.
Vikings #6—USA Today Sports
Interesting by Mike Zimmer to take the wind at his team's back instead of the ball when the Vikings won the overtime coin toss. Makes more sense with the new overtime rules. It was a gamble that the Rams wouldn't hit a big touchdown on their first possession, but that seemed like a safe bet. Unlike some other weird coaching moves through the league this season, at least Zimmer seemed to think this one through. Results were good, too.
Vikings # 7—Yahoo Sports!
*Beating the Rams allowed them to stay put; to climb, they need to beat the Raiders and the Packers. *
Vikings #7—Pro Football Talk
Vikings Head Coach *Mike Zimmer recently called Linval Joseph the best nose tackle he's ever coached, and Joseph's dominating performances against the run set the tone for the entire defense.*
Vikings #7—FOX Sports
They are 6-2 and tied for the division lead. They don't win pretty, but they find a way. Keep an eye on Teddy Bridgewater's health.
Vikings #7—CBS Sports
Not sure if you saw Mike Zimmer's press conference after Sunday's win over the Rams, but the Minnesota head coach looked -- to put it mildly -- pissed about Teddy Bridgewater's concussion. In slow motion, the hit by Rams corner Lamarcus Joyner appeared to be a cheap shot. In real time? Bridgewater's slide was a bit tardy, with barely enough time for Joyner to adjust. Close call. The Adrian Peterson-Todd Gurley competition was not as close, at least not statistically. Peterson basically said, "Tap the brakes, young fella; I'm still pretty good," outrushing the rookie, 125 yards to 89, despite facing the best defensive line in pro football. Are Vikings fans thinking wild card or NFC North title right now?
The Vikings have won four straight games and are off to their best start since 2009 (when they started 7-1), but their next five opponents are the Raiders, Packers, Falcons, Seahawks and Cardinals.