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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Keep Climbing

The Vikings (4-0) are now one of three remaining undefeated teams in the NFL.

Minnesota will remain at home this week and host the Houston Texans (3-1) at U.S. Bank Stadium at noon (CT) Sunday.

Let's see where the experts placed the Vikings on their power rankings lists heading into Week 5.

Much love for *Sam Bradford going around. Announcers are all Keith Sweat in their affectionate tones toward the Vikings quarterback. It's deserved. The defense continues to cash every check the offense -- when it falters -- writes. Yet, above it all, this is Mike Zimmer's team. He is the face of the franchise, and his Vikes have his likeness stamped all over their performance. This is a gritty bunch of bad@#$es, don't you know? *


The Vikings are 4-0 for the first time since 2009, and they are doing it behind a combo of solid offense and defense. The Vikings have committed one turnover with 11 takeaways, good for an NFL-best plus-10 turnover differential.

Vikings #5ESPN

Vikings #2SB Nation

The Vikings are legit – there's no way around it. At 4-0, the Vikings are one of three undefeated teams, but they're by far the most surprising given their injuries. The defense shut down New York's trio of receivers, while the offense gave them a comfortable lead to allow the pass rush to let loose.

Vikings #2FOX Sports

The Minnesota Vikings aren't the NFL's most talented team.

They're easily its deepest one, though. They rolled seven or eight defensive linemen at Eli Manning on Monday Night Football. They had two quality Adrian Peterson understudies find the end zone. Trae Waynes and Cordarrelle Patterson—two first-round picks—come off the bench.

Mike Zimmer was forced to play two inexperienced tackles against a Giants front that gets after it. Could you tell? Sam Bradford didn't take a sack the entire game.

Looking ahead:Houston should try to air it out a little more. Harrison Smith should be ready.

Vikings #2*Bleacher Report*

Vikings #2Pro Football Talk

*Aaron Rodgers. Cam Newton. Odell Beckham. None of them found a way to crack this Minnesota defense, which gets better every week. *

Vikings #3USA TODAY

Where did that Cordarrelle Patterson five-catch game on Monday night come from? He had four catches in the Vikings' previous 19 games combined, dating back to the start of last season.

Vikings #4Yahoo Sports

That defense is legit, and Sam Bradford is playing good football. They have a Super Bowl look to them right now.

Vikings #2CBS Sports

There's no way *the Vikings should be a Super Bowl contender considering all the key players they've lost to injuries. But Coach Mike Zimmer has done a magnificent job. The defense is terrific, and QB Sam Bradford is getting it done. In a season with a noticeable lack of super-teams in the NFC, that could be enough.*

Vikings #2Washington Post

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