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NFL Power Rankings: Where Do the Vikings Rank After the Bye?

The Vikings were able to just sit back and watch the other teams compete this week as the team underwent the bye week during Week 9.

Minnesota won their Week 8 matchup in London against the Cleveland Browns, 33-16.

The Vikings have a four-game winning streak to protect as the team heads to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

The experts released their Power Rankings lists heading into Week 10 on Tuesday morning.

We'll take a look at where the Vikings rank and how their rank changed from Week 9 below:

6: (Up 1 Spot): Elliot Harrison

Love that the Vikings are flying well under the radar. Let them sneak up on everybody. I covered this in the "Closing Arguments" segment during "The Power Rankings Show," but who's going to topple this group in the NFC North? While we're at it, which team in the NFC can Minnesotanot take down?I'd like the number zero for $500, Alex. The defense has been balling out since, well, Day 1. Remember what they did to theSaintsin Week 1? (New Orleans was held to 19 points and 344 yards, both season lows.) The Vikes haven't given up more than 17 points since the Twins *were still in it.*

4: (Up 1 Spot)* *

Preseason ranking: 17.Case Keenum has started the bulk of the games for the Vikings this season, and they've still jumped from middle of the pack to near the top in the rankings. Keenum deserves credit, but so does the defense, which has allowed the third-fewest points per game this season.

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

I'm surprised how often people have either discussed the possibility of Teddy Bridgewater starting or confirming that Case Keenum will start. This is really a debate? Keenum hasn't been bad. Bridgewater hasn't played since he hurt his knee last August and we have no idea if that injury has had any long-term effect. It's great that Bridgewater is apparently healthy enough to be the backup as soon as this week, and it's a great story, but any notion that he can or should step into the starting job is just weird.

6: (Up 2 Spots) Pete Prisco –CBS Sports* *

They come off their bye in control of the division, despite all the injuries. They face a tough road challenge at Washington against the Redskins this week.* *

12: (Down 5 Spots):USA TODAY Sports

How do they drop this far in bye week? Their schedule looks increasingly suspect, the best win when Sam Bradford helped beat Saints in Week 1.

8: (Down 1 Spot): MMQB Staff –Sports Illustrated

*Last Week's Rank: 7*

*Points in MMQB Power Poll: 375*

*Highest-Place Vote: Fifth (3)*

*Lowest-Place Vote: 11th (2)*

*Last Week's Result: bye week*

*Week 10 Opponent: at Washington*

7 (Down 1 Spot): Mark Maske –Washington Post

The Vikings have been winning with Case Keenum at QB. But they have some interesting decisions to make, with Teddy Bridgewater perhaps on the verge of being returned to the active roster and Sam Bradford still sidelined by knee problems. The Vikings play five of their remaining eight games on the road.

6: (Same Spot) Chris Simms –Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Vikings defense is special. As is the case in Jacksonville, Minnesota can lean on its defense, play through it and win games. Of course, this was the case last year too. What's different about this year's version of the Vikings, though, is the offense is also playing like a quality unit.

The offensive line is better than it was a year ago, and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is finding ways to create big plays—regardless of who is at quarterback. When Stefon Diggs is healthy and able to play alongside Adam Thielen, the offense can be as explosive as any in football.

With No. 12 out in Green Bay, the Vikings are the clear favorites in the NFC North. If the Lions don't get back on track, the Vikings may run away with the division.

9: (Up 1 Spot) Manish Mehta –New York Daily News

Teddy Bridgewater is getting closer... A road challenge against Washington awaits.

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