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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Win 5th Straight, Keep Movin' on Up'

The Vikings have won five consecutive games heading into Week 11. This bodes well for Minnesota in this week's power rankings lists. This week Minnesota comes back home to take on  the Green Bay Packers in a battle to defend first place in the NFC North. We'll take a look at the NFL power rankings lists to see where the experts rank the Vikings during Week 11.

Adrian Peterson is starting to look like 2012 Adrian Peterson, which is a pretty scary thing for anyone with "tackle large, fast running backs" in their general job description.

Sunday the Minnesota Vikings running back made history with his 203 rushing yards during a win over the Oakland Raiders—they're fifth straight. It was his sixth career 200-plus-yard rushing game, which ties O.J. Simpson's all-time record.

Peterson has now logged 468 yards from scrimmage over the past three weeks and has driven his team's surge to the top of the NFC North. Yes, the same NFC North the Packers also call home. They now trail Minnesota by one game, and the two teams meet in Week 11.

Vikings #4Bleacher Report

Adrian Peterson's 203-yard rushing performance in Oakland puts him on pace for a 1,708-yard rushing season. He is on a roll, with three straight games above 100 rushing yards. The Vikings absolutely are for real and a victory Sunday at home over the downward-spiraling Packers would establish them as clearly the NFC North's top team. **

Vikings #4—Washington Post

*Just two years after allowing most points in the league, Mike Zimmer has transformed D into NFL's stingiest. *

Vikings #5USA Today Sports

Usually every season there's a team that keeps outrunning the advanced stats that say they're not really as good as their record. It seems like that's the Vikings' role this year. **

Vikings # 6Yahoo Sports!

With Green Bay and Denver losing, it was impossible to keep a team that doesn't feel like it has earned top-five status out of the top five. **

Vikings #5Pro Football Talk

The Vikings' triumph in the East Bay went largely unnoticed around the country, what with the Patriots facing their nemeses of recent vintage and Peyton Manning assailing two records (most passing yards ever and most bad interceptions in a half). Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson put up two bills on a feisty Raider team that has its own designs on the postseason. Say what you want about Teddy B, this win came courtesy of the D, specifically big plays from Terence Newman. #T-New #he's50 #he'sactually37.


The Vikings have won five straight games since their bye, the franchise's first five-game winning streak since 2009. The Vikings went 12-4 and lost in the conference championship game that season.

Vikings #5ESPN

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