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NFL power rankings, Week 7: Vikings dropping following loss to Redskins

The Minnesota Vikings lost in Week 6, and are now falling down the weekly power rankings.

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The Minnesota Vikings lost their winning streak, but they lost it to a team that could probably beat any other team in the NFL, depending on the kind of day that rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is having. Minnesota lost to the Washington Redskins, but they still boast a 4-2 record that few thought they'd have at this point in the season. They began the season near the bottom in most of the weekly power rankings.

SB Nation has them up at No. 10 in their rankings, which is down three spots from No. 7 following the loss. Joel Thorman elaborates on the move:

10. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 7, 4-2): The Vikings' three-game winning streak is over. But they got RGIII'd so you can't blame them too much for that loss.

ESPN posted their weekly rankings, and they have the Vikings at No. 10, which is two spots down from their previous spot. They cited the lacking play from their defense as the primary reason for moving them down in the rankings. FOX Sports isn't quite as forgiving, dropping the Vikings down to No. 12 on their rankings, three spots down from last week. Brian BIllick suggests that having Christian Ponder drop back 54 times in a single game is a losing formula for Minnesota. Lastly, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Vikings at No. 11, down three spots.

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