Friday, November 26, 2021

Minnesota Vikings Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Minnesota Vikings rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 13.2 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 10 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 16 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Most memorable Thanksgiving game: Randy Moss dazzles in 46-36 win over Cowboys on Nov. 26, 1998

Moss scored every time he caught the ball in the Vikings' Thanksgiving Day demolition of the Cowboys' defense during the receiver's rookie season. All three of Moss' touchdowns were caught on deep balls of 51, 56 and 56 yards (he totaled three receptions for 163 yards and three TDs), and he helped Minnesota extend its winning streak to four games. The Vikings went on to score a then-NFL-record 556 points and finished the year with a 15-1 record. Their season came to an end against Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game. -- Courtney Cronin -- Rank: 10

The Vikings are the most unpredictable and -- maybe -- most dangerous team in the NFC. Kirk Cousins threw three more touchdown passes, including two to the unstoppable Justin Jefferson, in a 34-31 win over the Packers that served as notice to the rest of the league: When the Vikings are humming like they are right now, they can beat anyone. It came down to a final-second field goal by Greg Joseph, because, well, that's the only way the team seems to know how to play. It appears to be taking a toll on the head coach: "Sundays are not fun," said the lovably cantankerous Mike Zimmer. "You know how they say Sunday is fun day? It's not ... at all."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

Beating the Packers in dramatic fashion Sunday keeps their division hopes alive, but the reality is they are likely chasing a wild-card spot. The offense can be dynamic.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Even QB Kirk Cousins is looking for room on Minnesota's bandwagon. Not much room on Cousins bandwagon either, Pro Football Focus justifiably ranking him as league's second-best passer after Sunday's upset of Green Bay, in part due to his 0.5% interception rate.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Best side dish: This one is a no-doubter. After seemingly everyone in the state (including his own head coach) asked Kirk Cousins to throw more downfield passes to Justin Jefferson, the star wide receiver finally got more of a chance against the Packers, and turned it into eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Cousins is blessed with two top wide receivers. Now he just needs to trust them, even if that means throwing into some tight windows. In his second year in the league, Jefferson has already solidified himself as a top-five receiver.

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