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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Opening Eyes Around the League

The Vikings are fresh off the first road win of the season and take a (4-2) record into a matchup on the road against the Chicago Bears. We'll take a look at the NFL power rankings lists to see where the experts rank Minnesota during Week 8.

Adrian Peterson has the Vikings right behind the league's undefeated teams. Whatever it was that made RB Adrian Peterson feel ill, it didn't slow him too much. Rookie WR Stefon Diggs continues to impress.

Vikings #6Washington Post

The Minnesota Vikings defense is giving up only 17 points each week (second). That is exactly the sort of smothering unit that serves as the ideal complement to an offense content to pound with Adrian Peterson all afternoon.

The workhorse running back broke free for a 75-yard [run] during Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions. He's had a 40-plus-yard carry in three of Minnesota's six games so far and entered Week 7 with 18 missed tackles created as a runner, according to Pro Football Focus.

Vikings #7Bleacher Report

Toss his 75-yard run Sunday, and Adrian Peterson is averaging 1.9 yards per carry last two weeks. Vikes are 2-0. Says a lot.

Vikings #8USA Today Sports

At 4-2, they are in the thick of division race. With a lot of young players, they are only going to get better.

Vikings #8CBS Sports

The best team nobody is talking about.

Vikings # 9Yahoo Sports!

*The Vikings are 4-2. How many football fans outside of Minnesota even realize that? If the season ended today, take a wild guess who would hold the second wild-card slot in the NFC?

If Teddy Bridgewater can continue to play like he did at Ford Field, and Adrian Peterson gets some of that top-end speed back (like on this second-half run on Sunday), this Vikes club will be no joke come January, especially with a defense that is allowing the second-fewest points per game in the NFL. While you're here, though, watch a catch that is, oh, about a 10 out of 10 on the difficulty scale. Geez Louise, Stefon Diggs looks super.*


How did Stefon Diggs last until round five?

Vikings #9Pro Football Talk

The Vikings are finally starting to find an offensive identity thanks to the emergence of rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who has 237 yards receiving over the last two games. The Vikings can be one of the NFL's most balanced teams if quarterback Teddy Bridgewater can stay in rhythm.

Vikings #10FOX Sports

Minnesota might not be credited with one of the top defenses in the NFL, but only the Packers have allowed fewer points per game this season (16.8) than the Vikings (17.0).

Vikings #11ESPN

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