At 4-1, the Minnesota Vikings have people believing that they are a good football team. USA Today has them ranked 11th, former Vikings' offensive coordinator, Brian Billick has them ninth, moving them up five spots on FoxSports.com, and ESPN moved them up six spots to eighth.
Not bad for the team that finished last in the NFC North the past two seasons and finds itself tied for first in the division with Chicago.
This is a crucial week for the Vikings. In order to prove their record is not a fluke, they need to continue their winning ways. With the Bears on a bye week, a win gives them sole possession of the division. A loss, and people will start jumping off the bandwagon faster than Percy Harvin can return a kickoff for touchdown and their ranking in the NFL will plummet.
The Vikings head into FedEx Field on Sunday where head coach Leslie Frazier has been victorious the last two seasons. Here are some keys for Frazier and the Vikings to continue their mastery over head coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins.