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Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: Fox Sports Jumps Vikings Up One Spot

The trend is continuing for the Minnesota Vikings: positive increases in weekly power rankings despite losing efforts. Just a few weeks back, the Vikings were raised by a couple of the major power rankings following a loss to the Green Bay Packers in which rookie quarterback got his first start and almost led his team to a win. Now, the Vikings have lost to the Packers in a much less desirable fashion, and move up in another power ranking list.

Fox Sports bumps them up one spot:

22. Every time I see the Vikings play, two players jump off the screen. Jared Allen on defense and Adrian Peterson on offense. Unfortunately for the Vikings, that is just about the extent of their talent this season.    

That's one spot up, and it's likely because other teams were dropped below where Minnesota was. Brian Billick's reasoning is likely that the Vikings were very much expected to lose to the Packers, and that the loss doesn't change how dangerous they are to other teams, which is the essence of power rankings. 

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