Minnesota Vikings severely disrespected by recent power rankings

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook /

CBS Sports doesn’t view the Minnesota Vikings as a playoff team this year.

With the 2020 regular season about to begin for the Minnesota Vikings and the rest of the NFL, some more realistic power rankings are starting to flow in.

Well, they are supposed to be more realistic. But someone must have failed to mention this to CBS Sports before they released their most recent NFL power rankings.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco shared his latest power rankings and he’s not exactly someone who believes that the Vikings are going to be very good this season. In fact, Prisco doesn’t even have Minnesota as one of his 14 teams to make the playoffs this year.

CBS Sports gives the Minnesota Vikings an insulting ranking

So the team at the top of the power rankings is the Kansas City Chiefs and rightfully so since they are coming off a season that ended with a Super Bowl victory.

But then the Vikings don’t show up until No. 19 on the list. Prisco believes there are currently 18 teams in the NFL who are better than Minnesota including the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, and Green Bay Packers.

In fact, he has the Packers ranked as the second-best team in the entire league right now. Wait, the same Green Bay team who had one of the worst offseasons in the NFL this year?

What might be the most puzzling thing about Minnesota’s placement on Prisco’s power rankings is his explanation for why they are so low.

"“They will have a new-look defense, which might be a good thing. The challenge will be fitting it all together. Kirk Cousins and the offense should be fine.”"

So the offense should be fine and the revamped defense might be good, yet he still doesn’t believe the Vikings are capable of finishing the season with one of the 14 playoffs spots in the NFL. His reasoning doesn’t really fit Minnesota’s ranking.

But everyone should also be made aware of who we are dealing with here. This is the same Prisco who said he would draft Christian Ponder over Cam Newton in 2011 and after Ponder landed with the Vikings, he said the former Florida State quarterback would end up being the best passer from the entire draft class.

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Knowing this, it should be easier to ignore his terrible placement of Minnesota on his most recent power rankings.