Vikings Power Rankings: Minnesota dips after Week 11 disappointment

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Are the experts right about the Vikings this week?

Honestly, it’s a bit surprising to see the Vikings only take a small dip in power rankings after a loss to a two-win team at home when they were heavily favored. However, fans saw the inverse of this last week when Minnesota beat a team above them in power rankings on the road and only moved up a tiny amount as well.

It is going to take some movement by the teams above the Vikings in these power rankings to see any increase higher than 16. There are just too many really good teams in the league with better records and playoff opportunities to put a struggling Minnesota team among the contenders.

That’s not to say the purple and gold can’t go head-to-head with the best teams the NFL has to offer. They have the talent at many positions and boast many young players with a ton of potential. Sadly, they can’t put it all together on a consistent enough basis to be a legitimate threat every week.

For now, this is a team that deserves to be in the bottom half of the league in power rankings, but not by much. Seeing them around the 18th spot is more than fair and good arguments could be made for them to be around 19 or 20.

The Vikings can possibly get a bit more love from the experts if they can beat Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and use that momentum to start another winning streak. But if they can’t achieve that, the team might be stuck hanging out in the bottom half of these power rankings for the rest of the season.