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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Move Up After Win Over Packers

The Vikings secured their second win of the 2020 season Sunday, and it was a sweet one since it came at Lambeau Field.

Minnesota now continues its three-game run against NFC North teams with a home contest against Detroit.

Here's a look at where the Vikings rank before Week 9:

No. 20 (up 6 spots): Dan Hanzus –

Dalvin Cook was an absolute monster on Sunday at Lambeau Field, accounting for 226 yards of offense and all four of the Vikings touchdowns in a 28-22 upset win over the Packers. Cook put on a clinic, gaining 111 of his 163 rushing yards after contact. It allowed the Vikings to effectively hide Kirk Cousins, who entered Sunday on pace to potentially join Jameis Winston in the 30/30 Club for touchdowns and interceptions. Cousins' longest pass of the game covered 8 air yards. With Cousins effectively muzzled, Mike Zimmer's defense closed the game out with a crushing hit on Aaron Rodgers on the game's final play that resulted in a fumble recovery. A win that brought some good spirit to a locker room in need.

No. 25 (up 1 spot): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports

Dalvin Cook had 226 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday in a win over the Packers. The rest of the Vikings combined had 98 yards and no touchdowns. It's hard to find a box score like that, in which one player is that important in winning a game.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Lions.

No. 24 (up 3 spots): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

Winning at Green Bay, with a soft schedule coming the next five weeks, gives them some hope. Not much, but some.

No. 24 (up 3 spots): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report

Minnesota's stunning win over the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday can be summed up in two words: Dalvin Cook.

Cook wasn't an important part of the Minnesota offense at Lambeau Field — he was the Minnesota offense. The fourth-year pro carried the ball 30 times for 163 yards and three scores, chipping in another 63 yards and a score on two catches.

One win doesn't erase what has been a wildly disappointing first half of the season in Minnesota — a first half that started with a loss to the Packers in Week 1.

But it had to feel good to get a little payback.

No. 20 (up 5 spots): Conor Orr (The MMQB) – Sports Illustrated

This win was a Dalvin Cook masterpiece. The Vikings RB is the first player to score on each of his team's first four possessions since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.

No. 23 (up 4 spots): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News

The Vikings pass defense is something that can't be fixed with a limited pass rush and an injury-depleted young cornerback corps. But they can do whatever they want offensively when Dalvin Cook is cooking. They'll try to keep out-scoring teams and hope to sneak back into the Wild Card race.

No. 21 (up 5 spots): Nate Davis – USA TODAY Sports

Pretty simple formula – give RB Dalvin Cook 25 touches, and Minnesota is going to win. When Vikes haven't met that threshold this year? Welp ...

No. 21 (up 3 spots): Courtney Cronin –

The type of heroic performance Cook turned in against Green Bay is the reason the Vikings paid him this offseason. The running back has shown he is unstoppable when healthy, and if Minnesota wants to string together victories and get back into contention, it needs to commit to running its offense through Cook. It did so in Week 8, with Cook scoring a touchdown on each of the Vikings first four possessions, the first time a player has achieved that feat since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Keep feeding Cook and those accolades will continue and likely translate to wins.

No. 20 (up 7 spots): Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

Let Dalvin Cook. Every week.