- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly examination of the Vikings' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 17 | Last Week: 27 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Minnesota Vikings scored their most impressive win of the year on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, defeating the NFC East leaders 48-30 despite playing without their top two running backs, top two tight ends and top three cornerbacks. And as a result, they've moved back to their highest point in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings since Week 3.
This week, the Vikings will try to get their first -- and only -- road win of the year as they head to Cincinnati for a tough matchup with the AFC North leading Bengals. The Vikings are 0-6-1 on the road this season, with their tie coming on Nov. 24 in Green Bay. If you'd like, you can give them credit for a road win on Sept. 29, when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in London, but the Vikings were technically the home team that day, and spent the week in England, getting used to the time change before the Steelers arrived on Friday. So if they want credit for a road victory in the annals of the 2013 NFL season, they'll have to get it this weekend.
The Vikings are the only team in the league without a road win this season, and if they're able to get one this weekend -- putting the Bengals in a must-win Week 17 game with the Baltimore Ravens in the process -- they could help coach Leslie Frazier in his late-season push to save his job. The Vikings are 3-2-1 in their past six games, and if they could finish the year winning five of their last eight after starting 1-7, Frazier might be able to make a case he should stay on as the Vikings' coach.