Vikings free fall in NFL power rankings after Week 2 beatdown

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Vikings power rankings heading into Week 3

It should be fairly obvious to fans of the Vikings that the team is going to move down the power rankings and get closer to the bottom of the grouping with their 0-2 record earned in a very disappointing fashion.

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

Bleacher Report

19th (↓ 8)

  • “After two games, it looks like the only thing they will be in contention for is a top-five draft pick.” – B/R NFL Staff

USA Today Sports

23rd (↓10)

  •  “Simply put, they’re horrendous at just about every level” – USA Today’s Nate Davis


19th (↓ 5)

  • “The Vikings’ offense doesn’t look great right now, and poor time of possession has hindered the number of chances this unit has had. .” – ESPN’s NFL Nation

Sports Illustrated

23rd (↓ 8)

  • “The Vikings are struggling with the things they normally do well. – Sports Illustrated’s MMQB Staff

Sporting News

24th (↓10)

  • “The defense is the most disastrous it has ever been under Mike Zimmer.” – Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer

20th (↓ 4)

  • “Everything is going wrong for the Vikings to start the season.” –’s Dan Hanzus

Yahoo Sports

23rd (↓ 7)

  • “Kirk Cousins was fantastic last season, and without Diggs this season, he was awful in Week 2.” – Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab

Pro Football Network

27th (↓ 7)

  • “A ball-control team by nature, the Vikings possessed the ball for a measly 21:35 against the Colts in Week 2.” – Pro Football Network’s Matt Williamson


28th (↓ 6)

  • “Some teams were prepared for the strangest season ever, some weren’t. One team doesn’t really seem to care that the season has started.” – ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio

CBS Sports

25th (↓ 2)

  • “Their start has been a disaster so far and it hasn’t been pretty for Kirk Cousins.” – CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco

These rankings average out to about 23.1, meaning experts see the Vikings as a well below-average team after the first two games of the 2020 NFL season. The most common place Minnesota was ranked was at 23, which is right on par with the average across these 10 sites.