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Sports Illustrated Week 17 Power Rankings: Vikings Climb Once Again

After having given myself five or six hours to sleep off the hangover Pete Prisco gave me by forcing me to overdose on stupid, it’s time for a couple more sets of Power Rankings.

Don Banks. . .again, a favorite of mine (even though I really, really hope that Dr. Z. recovers enough one of these days to pick this up for SI again). . .was impressed by the Vikings on Tuesday night. After having Minnesota ranked at number 24 in last week’s Power Rankings, he’s jumped them up four notches this week to number 20.

Banks also throws some praise in the obvious direction, which is nice.

Well, well, well. Could the Vikings have found themselves a quarterback of the future in young Joe Webb? For a guy who Brad Childress drafted to play receiver, he certainly looked like a starting quarterback to me against the Eagles on Tuesday night. Then there’s that whole 199th overall draft slot 10 years after Tom Brady thing. That’s got to be worth some good karma.

We’ve talked about this a little bit already. . .but if Joe Webb isn’t “the man” going into Minnesota next season, he’s certainly earned himself the right to audition for the job. Nobody could have expected what we got on Tuesday night out of #14. . .now it’s time to see if he can carry that into this Sunday’s game against Detroit and into the off-season.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.