The Vikings look to rebound from the team's first loss in six weeks, as Minnesota heads back on the road to take on the Atlanta Falcons. We'll take a look at the NFL power rankings lists to see where the experts rank the Vikings during Week 12.
The Vikings fell from their top-tier perch because they had an opportunity to justify that status at home against a struggling though still lethal Green Bay Packers offense, and they ultimately failed.
The Packers scored 11 fourth-quarter points to pull away, and the Vikings weren't able to keep pace with running back Adrian Peterson getting stuffed repeatedly. Peterson came into Week 11 averaging 143.7 rushing yards over his previous three games. Then Green Bay held him to just 45 yards on 13 carries.
Vikings #8—Bleacher Report
Everything was set up Sunday for Minnesota to take control of the NFC North, with two teams seemingly headed in opposite directions, but the Vikings gave a miserable performance and lost at home to the Packers. There's no time to sulk, however, with games against the Falcons, Seahawks and Cardinals the next three weeks.
Vikings #8—Washington Post
*They're still good enough to reach playoffs, but let's not heap too many expectations on them until 2016 at earliest. *
Vikings #8—USA Today Sports
Sunday was a reminder that this is still a young team that played for nine weeks like they were a bit ahead of schedule. And they can still finish strong and win the NFC North.
Vikings # 8—Yahoo Sports!
Is a one-and-done playoff appearance better than not going to the playoffs at all?
Vikings #8—Pro Football Talk
*It's OK to still be excited about this team. These aren't the same old Vikings. This is only Mike Zimmer's second season in Minnesota; ditto Teddy Bridgewater. For almost all of last year, neither coach nor QB enjoyed Adrian Peterson's services (or his fumbles). With the weather getting colder, clubs like the Vikings -- those that can run the football and play stingy defense -- are more viable. That rule is as applicable today as it was in 1961, when this franchise came into existence. So let's tap the brakes before granting the NFC North to the Packers or losing confidence in the Vikes. *
Stop Adrian Peterson and you can stop the Vikings. Peterson is averaging 52 rushing yards in losses this season (121 yards in wins).
Teddy Bridgewater showed incredible toughness in the loss to Green Bay, but the offensive line has to be a concern in the run and pass game at this point. Did the Packers expose what has been a dominant defense?
Vikings #8--CBS Sports