Minnesota defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 34-7 on Sunday to move to 11-3 and clinch the NFC North with two games to go in the regular season.
The Vikings currently hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC as the team heads to Lambeau Field this weekend take on the Green Bay Packers (7-7).
Before we look ahead to the matchup, let’s take a look at the Power Rankings lists as the Vikings look to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The experts released their NFL Power Rankings lists heading into Week 16 on Tuesday morning.
Let’s see where Vikings rank after the victory and how their rank changed from Week 15 below:
OK, so it's not a cute story anymore. No more *Case Keenum sure is doing a nice job for the Vikings ... they're a pesky team ...* If *Carson Wentz was a certifiable MVP candidate, then Keenum is, too, regardless of his (lack of) draft pedigree, whether or not he was only supposed to be a backup and his status as the fourth-most-famous starting quarterback in the NFC North. Against the Bengals on Sunday, all that the former Houston Cougar, Houston Texan and Los Angeles Ram did was go 20 of 23 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and zero picks. That's 10-plus yards per attempt, broham.*
Can a coach and a quarterback with limited playoff experience win against a coach and a quarterback with plenty? That question could be answered in the divisional round.
Terence Newman, *Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr and Everson Griffen (2): *It's pretty remarkable that one of the four teams with at least 11 wins this season has no player on its roster with more than two Pro Bowl selections. The four Vikings with multiple Pro Bowls all play on defense, though — a unit that ranks third in the NFL, according to FPI.
4: (Same Spot): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News
The defense dominated and the running game delivered in a get-well outing against the hapless Bengals. The Vikes have fewer holes than any NFC team with a high floor, but the key in the playoffs will be hitting the ceiling with Case Keenum.
This week: at Packers
According to *@NFL_Stats on Twitter, cornerback Xavier Rhodes has held Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham and A.J. Green to nine catches for 94 yards when he’s been in coverage on them, dating back to last season. Coverage stats assume we know when a cornerback is solely responsible for a receiver, and a catch isn’t a result of a mistake by the safety in coverage or whatnot, but even if the numbers are a bit off, it’s unquestionable that Rhodes is one of the NFL’s best corners. It’s going to be very tough to pick just two cornerbacks for the All-Pro team.*
3: (Same Spot):* USA TODAY Sports*
Was there a more heartwarming moment league-wide this season than the way Minnesota's fans officially welcomed Teddy Bridgewater back to action?
* 3: (Down 1 Spot): MMQB Staff – *Sports Illustrated
Last Week’s Rank: *2 (tie)*
Points in MMQB Power Poll:* 390*
Highest-Place Vote:* Second (5)*
Lowest-Place Vote:* Fifth*
Last Week’s Result:* Win vs. Cincinnati, 34-7*
Week 16 Opponent:* at Green Bay (Saturday)*
3: (Up 1 Spot): Mark Maske – Washington Post
The ovation for QB Teddy Bridgewater in his appearance Sunday was a terrific moment. But this is undeniably Case Keenum’s team at this point, and the Vikings will go as far as Keenum is able to take them. Who would have thought those words would be said this season?
Last Week's Ranking: 2
The Vikings were as dominant as can be against the Bengals. That's exciting, and it shows how dangerous Minnesota can be. The Vikings continue to answer all the questions.
Coming off a big road loss, Minnesota came back and played one of its most efficient games of the year. Quarterback Case Keenum continues to play phenomenally. The running back duo of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon gives the Vikings the ability to run both inside and outside.
Minnesota can do it all offensively and defensively. It's one of the best teams in football.
4: (Same Spot) Manish Mehta – New York Daily News
Case Keenum bounced back from a three-turnover nightmare that led many (including me) to think his days as the starter might be numbered. Mike Zimmer's defense, by the way, is frighteningly good.
7: (Same Spot) Pete Prisco – CBS Sports
The Vikings are playing for the No. 1 seed the next two weeks. If they get it, Mike Zimmer might be the coach of the year.