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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Hold Steady Heading Into Critical Weekend

The Vikings (9-5) host the New York Giants (6-8) as the team looks to clinch a spot in the playoffs and keep Mike Zimmer's plans of winning the NFC North division alive. We'll take a look at the NFL power rankings lists to see where the experts rank the Vikings during Week 16.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came into Week 15 with only nine touchdown passes over 13 games. So his offense was destined to fizzle fast after running back Adrian Peterson left with an ankle injury then, right?


Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes during a win Sunday over the Chicago Bears, nearly reaching half of his previous total. He connected deep often while completing 85 percent of his attempts, three of which went for 30-plus yards.

He became the first quarterback since 1964 to complete 85-plus percent of his passes in a game with four-plus passing touchdowns, zero interceptions and a rushing touchdown, according to director of NFC football communications Randall Liu.

Vikings #10Bleacher Report

The ankle injury suffered by RB Adrian Peterson initially looked alarming but apparently turned out to be nothing serious. All indications are that he'll be ready to play Sunday night against the Giants. The Minnesota secondary will be spared having to face Odell Beckham Jr. unless Beckham's one-game suspension is overturned on appeal.

Vikings #11—Washington Post

*Teddy Bridgewater had four touchdown passes on Sunday. He has only 13 touchdown passes this season, in 14 games. it's hard to get a read on what his NFL ceiling is. Bridgewater has been pretty good and definitely has games in which he looks like a top-end player, but is limited by his arm strength.

Vikings # 10Yahoo Sports!

Teddy Bridgewater holds onto the ball longer than all but one quarterback (Tyrod Taylor), and as a result, he takes sacks at the third-highest rate (8.4 percent of dropbacks).

Vikings #11ESPN

Big ups to Teddy Bridgewater, who put together maybe the top game of his young career Sunday versus the Bears. In a win that the Vikings sorely needed, the sophomore quarterback was nearly perfect, going 17 for 20 for 231 yards, four touchdowns and zero picks.


Teddy Bridgewater's four TD passes Sunday doubled his previous career-high. Maybe they are ready to make playoff noise.

Vikings # 9—USA Today Sports

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