The Minnesota Vikings (13-3) ended the regular season by beating the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium -- claiming the NFC's #2 seed and a first round playoff bye. See where the Vikes rank at the regular season's end according to the ESPN experts.

ESPN's 2017 NFL Power Rankings: End of Regular Season

  1. New England Patriots (13-3)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
  3. Minnesota Vikings (13-3)
  4. New Orleans Saints (11-5)
  5. Los Angeles Rams (11-5)
  6. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
  7. Carolina Panthers (11-5)
  8. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)
  9. Atlanta Falcons(10-6)
  10. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
  11. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)
  12. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
  13. Seattle Seahawks (9-7)
  14. Buffalo Bills (9-7)
  15. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
  16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
  17. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
  18. Detroit Lions (9-7)
  19. Green Bay Packers (7-9)
  20. Washington Redskins (7-9)
  21. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
  22. Oakland Raiders (6-10)
  23. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
  24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)
  25. Miami Dolphins (6-10)
  26. New York Jets (5-11)
  27. Houston Texans (4-12)
  28. Chicago Bears (5-11)
  29. Denver Broncos (5-11)
  30. Indianapolis Colts (4-12)
  31. New York Giants (3-13)
  32. Cleveland Browns (0-16)
ESPN comments:
 

The Vikings' schedule trended on the easier side, but look at how other teams did with backup quarterbacks this season (see: Packers, Texans, Colts and Dolphins). The Minnesota defense allowed the fewest points, but Case Keenum also finished second in Total QBR.

The biggest risers of the week are the Tennessee Titans, jumping five spots from #17 to #12. The biggest fall of the week belongs to the Baltimore Ravens, dropping six spots from #10 to #16.

the Vikings will face either the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, or Carolina Panthers in the Divisional round of the playoffs at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on January 14th.

Skol!

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