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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Becoming NFC's 'Most Dangerous' Team?

The Vikings have another chance to get over .500 this weekend after Minnesota (5-5) pulled off a chaotic 34-31 win over Green Bay.

The Vikings are on the road Sunday against the 49ers, who are also 5-5.

Here's a look at where the Vikings rank heading into Week 12:

No. 10 (up 4 spots): Dan Hanzus –

The Vikings are the most predictable and — maybe — most dangerous team in the NFC. Kirk Cousins threw three more touchdown passes, including two to the unstoppable Justin Jefferson, in a 34-31 win over the Packers that served as notice to the rest of the league: When the Vikings are humming like they are right now, they can beat anyone. It came down to a final-second field goal by Greg Joseph, because, well, that's the only way the team seems to know how to play. It appears to be taking a toll on the head coach: "Sundays are not fun," said the lovably cantankerous Mike Zimmer. "You know how they say Sunday is fun day? It's not ... at all."

No. 12 (up 3 spots): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports

Justin Jefferson on Sunday: eight catches, 169 yards, two touchdowns. Finally the Vikings realize that their first priority in the offense needs to be getting Jefferson touches.

No. 16 (up 3 spots): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

Beating the Packers in dramatic fashion Sunday keeps their division hopes alive, but the reality is they are likely chasing a Wild Card spot. The offense can be dynamic.

No. 15 (up 2 spots): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report

The story of the 2021 season for the Minnesota Vikings has been heartbreak. The Vikes have been in every game this year, only to continually come up short at the end. All five of Minnesota's losses have come by seven or fewer points, including a pair of losses in overtime.

Sunday against the rival Packers, it appeared for a while like we might see the same sad story play out again — after taking a 31-24 lead late, the Vikings allowed Aaron Rodgers to burn the team for a 75-yard scoring strike to Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

However, rather than folding, this time the Vikings rallied, driving the length of the field before Greg Joseph knocked through a chip-shot field goal as time expired to lift Minnesota back to .500 and into a playoff spot as things stand now.

It's the kind of win that can establish some real momentum for a team. But the Vikings won't have any time to rest — next Sunday brings a trip to Levi's Stadium to battle a San Francisco 49ers team that is also contending for a Wild Card spot in the NFC.

No. 13 (up 4 spots): Gary Gramling – Sports Illustrated

Kirk Cousins has been consistently tasked with delivering late-game heroics this year, and he's done so repeatedly. The schedule is about to soften up for the Vikings, and anything less than 10 wins would be a disappointment.

No. 14 (up 3 spots): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News

The Vikings could be a lot higher in the NFC standings with better results from their early-season one-possession games, but all that has been quickly forgotten with recent wins over the Panthers, Chargers and Packers. The key to making the playoffs will be staying consistent through four quarters every game over the final two months.

No. 10 (up 1 spot): Nate Davis – USA TODAY Sports

Even QB Kirk Cousins is looking for room on Minnesota's bandwagon. Not much room on Cousins bandwagon either, Pro Football Focus justifiably ranking him as league's second-best passer after Sunday's upset of Green Bay, in part due to his 0.5% interception rate.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.

No. 16 (up 3 spots): Courtney Cronin –

Note: ESPN looked at the most memorable Thanksgiving game in each team's history. ESPN Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin went Randy Moss' massive game against Dallas in 1998.

Moss scored every time he caught the ball in the Vikings Thanksgiving demolition of the Cowboys defense during the receiver's rookie season. All three of Moss' touchdowns were [more on plays that gained more than 50 yards as] he totaled three receptions for 163 yards and three TDs, and he helped Minnesota extend its winning streak to four games. The Vikings went on to score a then-NFL-record 556 points and finished the year with a 15-1 record. Their season came to an end against Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game.

No. 13 (up 2 spots): Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

They've led in every game by seven or more points, and they've lost half of them. Hello, 9-8.