Vikings plummet in NFL power rankings following Week 1 loss

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Vikings power rankings heading into Week 2

With the loss to the Packers and the team’s obvious struggles on the field, expecting Minnesota to fall in this week’s power rankings should be obvious. The only question is how deep the drop will be from their average of 12.5 last week.

Let’s look at some of the most prominent rankings from around the internet and where they felt the Vikings deserve to land.

Bleacher Report

11th (↓ 4)

  • “The cornerbacks are not good.” – B/R NFL Staff

USA Today Sports

13th (↑ 1)

  •  “If you can’t apply pressure, young corners will get burned.” – USA Today’s Nate Davis


14th (↓ 4)

  • “The Vikings didn’t get a ton of contributions from their rookie class in Week 1.” – ESPN’s NFL Nation

Sports Illustrated

15th (↓ 2)

  • “That loss was much worse than the final score shows.” – Sports Illustrated’s MMQB Staff

Sporting News

15th (↓ 5)

  • “The Vikings’ defense looked lost and confused with some big changes up front and in the secondary.” – Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer

16th (↓ 6)

  • “In the real world, this was an embarrassing effort against a division rival that outclassed the Vikings in all phases.” –’s Dan Hanzus

Yahoo Sports

16th (↑ 2)

  • “This was not the year, without a preseason, to turn over a cornerback group.” – Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab

Pro Football Network

20th (↓ 6)

  • “Minnesota could be one of the teams most affected by a lack of people in the seats.” – Pro Football Network’s Matt Williamson


22nd (↓ 10)

  • “…it already feels like a scholarship year in Minnesota.” – ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio

CBS Sports

23rd (↓ 4)

  • “Defense is the calling card for Mike Zimmer’s teams, but it wasn’t against Green Bay in the opener.” – CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco

These rankings average out to about 16.5, making the Vikings a middle-of-the-road team in the eyes of experts after Week 1. In fact, the most common placement was 16, making that the mean, median, and average for Minnesota this week.