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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Despite stumbling to a 1-2-1 start to the season, the Minnesota Vikings have strung together three wins in a row and now sit atop the NFC North.Wins over the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and drubbing of the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets have vaulted the Vikings into playoff contention and a top-five spot on Paul Calvisi’s Week 8 power poll.The Vikings head into a Week 8 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, who have climbed up the poll and are riding a five-game win streak after losing their first game of the season. The Saints rank No. 4 on Doug Franz and Ron Wolfley’s power poll and No. 3 on Calvisi’s. Both NFC teams are looking up toward the Los Angeles Rams, who rank No. 1 in all three polls as the only undefeated team left in the NFL.Related LinksDoug & Wolf Week 7 power poll: Finally agreeing on the RamsArizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Top 4 hold; Cardinals sinkPeterson will continue to fight for Cards after trade request, cousin saysThe Patriots, Chiefs and Chargers fill the ranks in the rest of the polls.Doug Franz5. Chargers4. Saints3. Patriots2. Chiefs1. RamsRon Wolfley5. Chargers4. Saints3. Chiefs2. Patriots1. RamsPaul Calvisi5. Vikings4. Chiefs3. Saints2. Patriots1. Rams Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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