MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Brian Robison #96 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a sack against the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter on October 9, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 34-10. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: Minnesota Vikings Have Nowhere To Go But Up

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Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Remain Near The Bottom

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Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: NFL.com Actually Provides Useful Information

We have neglected to include the Power Rankings from the league's official website, NFL.com, in our spins around the internet thus far, but we will definitely have to continue to include them if they can come through the way they have this week.

NFL.com has moved the Vikings up two spots in their Week 6 NFL Power Rankings, a two-spot rise from where they were last week. But in the commentary, writer Elliot Harrison actually gives us some pretty good stuff.

Sunday's win had to feel pretty darn good. Of course, any enthusiasm was tempered Monday morning when they recalled that Donovan McNabb is still under center. Quarterback worries aside, Adrian Peterson was a monster in Week 5, and the defense shut down both the Cardinals' ground attack and passing game. The Vikings are in Chicago next week. Expect more of the same, with the burden of success falling on AP and Fred Pagac's defense. If you're not familiar with Pagac, the former linebackers coach took over running the defense after Leslie Frazier was named interim head coach in 2010. He also played two years in the NFL, the last as a tight end on the 0-14 Buccaneers expansion team of 1976. Thought you might like to know.

To channel my inner Johnny Carson for a moment, I did not know that. That is some weird, wild, wacky stuff.

I'm glad that Mr. Pagac's tenure in Minnesota is going better than his last year as an active player. . .if only marginally thus far.

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Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: Fox Sports Jumps The Vikings Up Four

Another of the places that had the Vikings ranked at the bottom of the league when they fell to 0-4 was Fox Sports, who placed the Vikings at #32 last week. However, a victory for the Vikings gets them a jump upwards in their Week 6 NFL Power Rankings, taking them up four spots to number 28 in the league.

In their commentary, the Fox Sports folks note that that Adrian Peterson fellow is really pretty good.

Adrian Peterson posted his 15th multiple touchdown game on Sunday, which is the most in the NFL since his rookie season of 2007. They will need him to do that 11 more weeks this season if they want to win again.

Well, obviously Adrian Peterson having a big game is beneficial to the Vikings' chances of winning. . .he's a big reason why the team has had a chance to win all five of their games this season and could be 4-1 or 5-0 with a bounce here and there. Of course, if Brian Robison and Jared Allen can keep wreaking havoc the way they have during the first five games of the year (they've combined for 13 sacks thus far) and players like Chris Cook and Everson Griffen can continue to develop, it will not only give the Vikings more chances to win this season, but will also give them a solid foundation for 2012 as well.

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Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: ESPN Gives The Vikings A Four-Spot Bump

The folks from Bristol, Connecticut have given the Vikings another upward push in their Week 6 NFL Power Rankings. Minnesota came in at number 30 after their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, but their Week 5 victory over the Arizona Cardinals has compelled the ESPN folks to move Minnesota up to #26 this week.

Again wanting to state the obvious, ESPN's John Clayton adroitly points out that Adrian Peterson is really awesome, but the Minnesota Vikings' passing offense is pretty terrible.

Adrian Peterson can almost outgain the Vikings' passing attack if given the chance.

He probably could, but it would probably take him a while. After all, Peterson is only averaging 4.6 yards per carry, while Donovan McNabb has somehow managed to find a way to average 6.4 yards per pass attempt. Given enough carries, Peterson could probably do it, but I'm not sure Leslie Frazier is inclined to go that way.

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Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: CBS Sports' Pete Prisco Accidentally Makes Sense

Last week's Power Rankings from CBS Sports, written by the always entertaining (if very rarely coherent) Pete Prisco, was one of the listings that had the Minnesota Vikings pegged as the worst team in the National Football League. Now, you know it's not true, and I know it's not true, but that's where they were.

However, after their win on Sunday, the Vikings pretty much had to go upward, and that's exactly where they've gone in CBS Sports' Week 6 NFL Power Rankings. The Vikings have gone up five spots in these rankings as well, moving from 32 all the way up to number 27.

Like so many others, Prisco chooses to state the obvious about the Vikings.

Nothing like a lifeless Cardinals team to help you get your fist victory. I still think Donovan McNabb needs to sit down.

Yes, Pete. . .you and basically everyone else that follows the National Football League and isn't named Leslie Frazier. I'm not sure which direction the Vikings are going to go with the quarterback position, but this will be the only season of the Donovan McNabb era in Minnesota. Of that, we can be fairly certain.

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Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: National Football Post Moves Vikings Up Five

The Minnesota Vikings were second-to-last in the Power Rankings put out by the National Football Post last week, but they've taken a pretty sizable jump in the NFP's Week 6 NFL Power Rankings. Minnesota has managed to jump up five spots in the NFP's rankings, going from 31 all the way up to 26.

Granted, 26 is still pretty low. . .but it's a heck of a lot better than 31.

In their commentary, the NFP decides to go down the "stating the obvious" road with their praise of the guy that's probably the best non-quarterback in the National Football League.

Despite the issues in Minnesota, we were once again reminded why Adrian Peterson is top RB in the NFL.

He certainly is. Currently, in terms of rushing yards, Peterson trails only Oakland's Darren McFadden, and he is tied for the NFL lead in rushing touchdowns with Chris Wells of the Arizona Cardinals. Hopefully he will continue the track he's on this season and show everyone that he was worth the huge contract he got during the pre-season this year.

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Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: SB Nation Moves Minnesota Up Two

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