Power Rankings Round-Up, Week 4: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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Sing it, Aretha!


Yes, apparently all it takes is knocking off one of the best teams in the National Football League to get our favorite football team noticed by the "experts" out there. This week's spin around the Power Rankings is marked by massive jumps for the Minnesota Vikings on just about every chart out there.

We'll start, as we always do, with the mothership at SB Nation, where the Vikings are up six spots this week. They were at number 25, and now they're at 19.

They're probably still not getting enough credit from me, especially after beating the 49ers. Four of their final six games of the season are division games. That's looking kinda important right now.

Yes, with all of our games against the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers coming after the bye week (which is the latest bye week in the NFL this season), it would be incredibly helpful if the Vikings could get on a roll now.

Over at Fox Sports, Ryan Billick has moved Gerald Allen and his teammates up a whopping ten spots, from number 28 all the way to number 18 in this week's rankings.

Hats off to Christian Ponder. He played his most impressive game as a pro on Sunday. He made plays with his arm, his legs and his eyes. He is one of just two quarterbacks that has started each game and has yet to throw an interception.

Seems that this case of Ponderlust is spreading a bit. Even the noted Viking haters at ESPN can't ignore it, as they've moved the Vikings up eight spots from number 29 to number 21.

Upset of the week was Christian Ponder's best game as a pro.

Can't buy enthusiasm like that, eh?

Pete Prisco at CBS Sports, another guy that usually likes to dump on the Vikings every chance he gets, actually managed to give Minnesota the biggest bump of the week, moving them up twelve spots, all the way up to number 18 from number 30.

Christian Ponder has them playing good football. Beating up the 49ers is impressive. They dominated that game.

It certainly was. . .can't argue with him on that one, I don't think.

NFL.com has taken notice of the Vikings as well, bumping the Vikings up ten spots, giving them the highest ranking that I can find as they shoot up from number 26 to number 16.

Hate to quote last week's rankings, but, alas, here goes: "Minnesota ran out of luck in Indy on Sunday. Bad pun. But not as bad as all of us league analysts completely overlooking Christian Ponder's fine play through two games ..." Ponder was solid again Sunday, completing 21 of his 35 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, with a really nice touchdown scamper as the icing on the cake. All against the best defense in the league. Hey, this club is 2-1.

As always, if you have any particular sets of Power Rankings that I happen to have missed, feel free to add them to the comments section. With the jumps we've seen this week, any rankings will likely have something positive to say about the Vikings. Isn't that a nice change?

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