Vikings just outside's 'Power Four' in the NFC

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Consider the NFL season underway.

With the highly anticipated release of team by team schedules, the NFL is now prepping for their three-day draft in Chicago next week. While all of this has fans percolating with excitement, the media is in on the act.

The fans' non-stop football site,, has stacked and ranked all the NFC teams. It points to a "The Power Four," and Vikings fans will be delighted to see Green Bay make the list in the top four along with defending conference champion Carolina, Seattle and Arizona. Minnesota is just off that marquee and in the “contender” category along with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.

The Vikings strong finish and wild card berth in 2015 has others expecting a big season from the purple. Vikings and NFC North blogger Ben Goessling predicts the Vikings will win 11 of their 16 regular season games. Goessling's game-by-game predictions break down what could be another playoff visit for the Vikings.

The season essentially kicks off next Thursday at the NFL Draft in Chicago.

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