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Expert's Top 5 Continue To Leave Vikings Out Of The Top 2

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 22:  Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings (centre) celebrates his touchdown with teammates Bernard Berrian #87 and Visanthe Shiancoe #81 after his touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Uden FranklinContributor INovember 23, 2009

Week 11 has not seen its due and the experts have already published their NFL Top 5 List.

Ranked 1 and 2 each week are either the Saints or Colts, and which team is number 1 seems to be the great argument.   The next three are the Vikings, Patriots, and Hot Team Flavor of the Week.  Many experts even place the Patriots ahead of the Vikings.    

But those who watched the Vikings convincing demolish the Seattle Seahawks have to be scratching their heads.  Without a doubt, they have been the best team on the field every game this year, not the luckiest.  The Colts were handed their victory against the Patriots thanks to Belichik’s 4th and 2 failure and have seen an unusual amount of plays bounce their way in close games.  The Saints have shown venerability all season, especially when they are without Darren Sharper.      

The Vikings, on the other hand, haven't had those breaks on the field and that speaks volumes.    In fact, the Vikings still find a way to win when luck is on their opponent’s side like in the Ravens game.    

Seattle coach Jim Mora said after Sunday’s game, "that is the most complete team we've faced, by far," and the Seahawks have played Indianapolis and Arizona.   Like Favre, the Mora family is infamous for bluntly speaking the truth and rarely throws out compliments.   

Yes, the Vikings should've pounded the Lions two weeks ago, but don't you get the feeling that Childress is experimenting a little with poor teams?  Sure the Vikings lost a close game to Pittsburgh – the one game they defeated themselves - but they still clearly outplayed the Steelers.  Besides, the Steelers have always spooked Favre, especially when playing in Pittsburg.   

The Vikings are the complete team package and would still be in the hunt without Favre.  The Saints and Colts would struggle to win half their games without Brees and Manning.

The Vikings have all cylinders running and ready to take the next ice paved corner leaning on their ability as a team, not one Quarterback.  The Saints and Colts have to be praying that the salt truck ran ahead of them, even with their elite Quarterbacks.    

My Top 5

1. Vikings

2. Colts

3. Cardinals

4. Saints

5. Patriots



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