Saturday, October 14, 2023

Minnesota Vikings Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Minnesota Vikings in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Fantasy surprise: RB Alexander Mattison

Mattison himself has been decent when called upon, and a pair of touchdown receptions has boosted his fantasy point total. But in building their offense around receiver Justin Jefferson, and in attempting to come back from early deficits, the Vikings simply haven't run the ball much. They lead the NFL in passing attempts (204) and have fewer carries by running backs than all but one team. The biggest surprise is that Mattison, a powerful inside runner, hasn't been able to punch it into the end zone on any of his 11 red zone carries. The Vikings are one of two teams that don't have a rushing touchdown. -- Kevin Seifert -- Rank: 25

They've lost eight fumbles and allowed every single opponent they've faced to score first, which at least partially explains how they're sitting at 1-4. So, do we take any solace from the fact that they were competitive against the Chiefs? It's very hard to when Justin Jefferson had a tough game and left with a hamstring injury, and it's even harder when the script plays out similarly to previous losses. A fumble on the first scrimmage play of the game, which no doubt was a point of emphasis all week in practice from Kevin O'Connell and his staff. ... Clock and game management errors. ... Offensive and defensive failures at key moments in a winnable game. That's a lot to clean up before facing the Bears on the road. And now the Vikings must move forward without their best player for at least the next four contests, as Jefferson is hitting injured reserve.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They competed against the Chiefs, but it doesn't matter. At 1-4, they now start playing division games, which gives them a chance to get back in the race. Or does it?

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Why is offensive balance often a virtue? Consider one-win Minnesota, which has thrown more passes (204) than any team in the league while attempting the fewest runs (91). However that calculus might have to change with All-Pro Justin Jefferson's hamstring injury forcing him to IR.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

Wide receiver Jordan Addison has been what the Vikings drafted him to be, a solid second option behind Justin Jefferson. Addison has 19 catches for 249 yards. Third-round cornerback Mekhi Blackmon is starting to show some flashes. He's had nine tackles in the last two games he's played and was active against the Chiefs on Sunday.

FOX -- Rank: 23

I understand regression to the mean, but this is getting ridiculous. It feels like the football gods are punishing the Vikings for going 11-0 in one-possession games last year, as they have now been within one possession in all five games and lost four of them. For what it's worth, I was impressed by the way Brian Flores and the Minnesota defense were able to frustrate the Chiefs.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 23

The Vikings were the worst 13-win team ever last season, by plenty of measures. This season, they're clearly the best 1-4 team. That's not even an argument. But 1-4 is a bad place to be in the NFL, and it's starting to feel like an unsatisfying end to the Kirk Cousins era, which has been unsatisfying before this season.

PFT -- Rank: 27

The Vikings are about to get a taste of a possible future without Justin Jefferson.

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