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Power Rankings: No. 30 Minnesota Vikings

11/12/2013

A weekly examination of the Vikings' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 17 | Last Week: 30 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Vikings couldn't move up in the rankings this week despite getting their second win of the year Thursday night against the Washington Redskins. That's because two of the three teams directly in front of Minnesota -- the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers -- won this week, keeping the Vikings stuck at No. 30. But Minnesota did keep pace, in a manner of speaking, with the No. 31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and No. 32 Jacksonville Jaguars, who both won in Week 10.

This week, though, could find the Vikings in danger of slipping into one of the bottom two spots in the rankings; Minnesota travels to Seattle to face the third-ranked Seahawks, who expect to get receiver Percy Harvin back just in time to face his old team. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, gets the No. 29 Atlanta Falcons at home. Considering how bad this week's matchup looked for the Vikings even before Harvin came back -- Minnesota is 5-16 on the road since 2011, counting last year's playoff game -- a drop in the Power Rankings could just add insult to injury after Sunday.