Back-to-back defensive manhandling performances against the Lions and Chargers, coupled with the explosive return of Adrian Peterson, has the Minnesota Vikings on the rise in NFL power rankings.
Peterson is once again up for the Fed Ex Ground Player of the Week. You can vote for him against Oakland's Latavius Murray and Atlanta's Devonta Freeman right here.
The latest entering Week 4 of the season:
"How long can a Norv Turner-designed passing game remain at the bottom of the league rankings?"
"After struggling the find their identity in Week 1, the Vikings have developed into a team led by their dominant running game and an aggressive defense with one of the NFL’s elite pass-rushing units. Look for the Vikings to continue to trend up."
"Adrian Peterson has 260 yards on 49 carries the last two weeks. When you look at all the big-name running backs either struggling or hurt, it's amazing how seamlessly Peterson has come back at age 30."
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"The Vikes look totally unlike the guys who got their hides dusted by 'Los Hyde a few weeks ago. While Adrian Peterson appears discernibly slower, he still clearly has the drive to finish every run like he's 25 years old."
"Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings continued to put their Week 1 stinker in the past, and ran all over the San Diego Chargers this week at home. Adrian Peterson definitely looked more like himself in this one, racking up 20 carries for 126 yards and two scores, and the defense held strong as they forced Philip Rivers into a couple of turnovers. With the Lions looking more and more out of the picture in the NFC North, look for the Vikings to give the Packers a run."
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Minnesota's opponent this week, the Denver Broncos, is in the top five of pretty much every ranking.