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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Unanimously in Top 8 at Midseason

The Vikings won their Week 8 matchup in London against the Cleveland Browns 33-16. 

The win marks the Vikings fourth consecutive victory heading into the bye week.

The experts released their Power Rankings lists heading into Week 9 on Tuesday morning.

We'll take a look at where the Vikings rank and how their position changed from Week 8 below:

7: (Same Spot): Elliot Harrison -

Another winfor theVikings, who are quietly humming along in a division that is there for the taking. The secondary once again looked strong on Sunday. While it's fair to point out that Minnesota has played Mitch Trubisky,Brett Hundley, a slumpingJoe FlaccoandDeShone Kizerover the last four weeks, the Vikes didn't allow any of those guys to even hit 200 yards passing. In fact, they almost keptMatthew Staffordbelow the 200-yard barrier in the game that preceded this dominant four-pack. Key for this team will be the consistency of the run game sansDalvin Cook.

5: (Up 3 Spots):

What do the Vikings have to worry about after winning four straight? *Case Keenum really hasn't been tested that much, and who knows if and when Kyle Rudolph or Stefon Diggs could return? Keenum is 2-2 against opponents who entered the game with a winning record, including a win over the Packers when Aaron Rodgers was injured.*

8: (Down 1): Frank Schwab – Yahoo Sports

The Dalvin Cook injury looked like it would wreck the Vikings, but Jerick McKinnon has taken a huge step this season. He was really good Sunday with 122 total yards and a touchdown. Cook is the superior player, but McKinnon has played well enough that the drop hasn't been too steep.

8: (Same Spot) Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

The defense continues to carry this team, but Case Keenum is doing a nice job. Can it continue?

7: (Up 1 Spot):***USA TODAY* Sports**

They're already widening gap in Rodgers-less NFC North and could be poised to get nice emotional lift with QB Teddy Bridgewater's anticipated return.

7: (Down 1 Spot): MMQB Staff –**Sports Illustrated**

Last Week's Rank: *6*

Points in MMQB Power Poll:* 439*

Highest-Place Vote:* Fifth*

Lowest-Place Vote:* Ninth (3)*

Last Week's Result:* Win vs. Cleveland in London, 33-16*

Week 9 Opponent:* bye week*

6 (Same Spot): Mark Maske –**Washington Post**

Case Keenum continues to thrive as the fill-in starter at QB. A poor first half against the Browns in London gave way to an impressive second half, and there's no reason to believe that the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers or anyone else in the NFC North will be able to keep pace with the Vikings the rest of the way.

6: (Down 1 Spot) Chris Simms – ****Bleacher Report**

This is not the same old Vikings team. Minnesota has a legit offense this year, regardless of who is in at quarterback. The Vikings weren't at their best offensively in Week 8, but that Cleveland defense is really good.

Give the Vikings credit for surviving the Browns. It was a trap game, in London, and Minnesota survived. The Vikings stumbled early, but the defense allowed just three second-half points to get back on top. Everyone expected the Vikings to beat Cleveland — hell, the Vikings probably expected to — but expectations and reality aren't the same thing.

The Vikings are on track to make the postseason and to be a threat there. Minnesota's defense is special, and the offense is good enough to take the team deep into the playoffs or even win a Super Bowl.

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