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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Keep on Moving Up

The Vikings won their Week 7 matchup at home against the Baltimore Ravens and will head across the pond to take on the Cleveland Browns in London this week.

The Browns (0-7) lost to the Tennessee Titans 12-9 in overtime on Sunday and are looking for their first win this season.

The experts released their Power Rankings lists heading into Week 8 on Tuesday morning. The Vikings, who have won three consecutive games, moved up again.

We'll take a look at where the Vikings rank and how their rank changed from Week 7 below:


7: (Up 2 Spots): Elliot Harrison - NFL.com

No defense is playing hotter than the *Vikings right now. Minnesota is allowing 17 points per game. Only the [Steelers] have scored more than 20 points against Mike Zimmer's better side of the ball this season. No opponent has even hit the 350-yard barrier against these guys. Minnesota dominated Baltimore so badly on Sunday that they made the Ravens offense look like ... look like ... the Ravens offense. Baltimore's total yardage: 208. Wow.*


8: (Up 5 Spots): ESPN.com

72.0 percent.Just two weeks ago, Minnesota's chances of winning the division were down to 21 percent. With *Aaron Rodgers out, the Vikings are the favorite to win the NFC North now. Five of their next six games are on the road, though, so they'll need to improve on their 11-15 away record under coach Mike Zimmer to keep those chances high.*


7: (Up 5 Spots): Frank Schwab – Yahoo Sports

Through Week 5 of his second season, 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell had six catches. In his last two games, he has six catches. A couple three-catch games with Stefon Diggs out doesn't mean Treadwell is becoming a star, but at least there's some positive movement that way.


8: (Up 6 Spots):USA TODAY Sports

DE Everson Griffen deserves more love. He's sixth player to record a sack in each of his team's first seven games [since 1982] and has nine overall.


6: (Up 3 Spots): MMQB Staff –Sports Illustrated

Last Week's Rank: *9*

Points in MMQB Power Poll:* 365*

Highest-Place Vote:* Fifth (2)*

Lowest-Place Vote:* Ninth*

Last Week's Result:* Win vs. Baltimore, 24-16*

Week 8 Opponent:* at Cleveland*


6 (Up 1 Spot): Mark Maske –Washington Post

Can the Vikings be a contender with Case Keenum at QB? Apparently so, at least in this version of the NFC North and the NFC as a whole. The big day by RB Latavius Murray against the Ravens points to some good work being done by an offensive line that did the same for rookie Dalvin Cook before his injury.


10 (Up 3 Spots): Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune

Quietly Mike Zimmer's team can win its fourth consecutive game, but it's got to go to London to do it. The upside? The Vikings are playing the Browns.


5: (Up 3 Spots) Chris Simms –Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Vikings are for real; I don't care who is at quarterback. Really, Case Keenum should be the guy moving forward. He's earned that. He has Minnesota playing with a little mojo on the offensive side of the ball. Has he made a few dumb mistakes? Sure, but he's a capable passer and a decent athlete.

The rejuvenated offense is complementing a defense that is special. Everson Griffen is in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year, and the talent around him isn't too far behind.

Minnesota can win almost with defense alone. However, this year's version of the team doesn't have to.

When the Vikings can run the ball the way they did with Latavius Murray against the Ravens — and I'm not sure Murray is even 100 percent yet — they're tough to beat. It's time we start considering the Vikings one of the best teams in football.


8: (Same Spot) Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

It's all about the defense for the Vikings, but it might be a unit good enough to carry them to a playoff berth. They are the class of the NFC North now.

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