NFL Power Rankings: Vikings top the NFC North heading into Week 1

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Where do the Minnesota Vikings stand among all the talented franchises in the NFL heading into the 2023 NFL season?

It's great that the 2023 NFL season kicks off on Thursday night with the Minnesota Vikings getting their first taste of regular-season action on Sunday when they face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But the question of where the purple and gold rank among the

32. Arizona Cardinals

There might not be a more dysfunctional franchise in the NFL. With all the drama surrounding Kyler Murray, there are some experts wondering if the Cardinals are actually going to tank this season. They may not need to try too hard to tank with their current roster.

31. Atlanta Falcons

If you believe in Desmond Ridder as a quarterback, you might have this team rated higher than I do, but their atrocious defense won't help their offense in any way. 43.5 percent of drives by the opposing team resulted in a score, which was the worst in the league.

30. Indianapolis Colts

A quarterback that isn't focused on football, a running back being held against his will, and a young, shallow roster is a recipe for a disappointing season for the Colts. It's not that they don't have talent, they just need experience and depth.

29. Houston Texans

Much like the situation with the Colts, the Texans are going to experience growing pains. A rookie quarterback, young roster, and lack of talent will keep Houston from being very competitive during the 2023 NFL season.