Friday, September 25, 2020

Minnesota Vikings Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 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: 21.8 (22nd)
  • Best ranking: 19th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 25th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

What we learned: Their offense is a complete mess right now. Going up against a Colts defense that has mediocre talent, Kirk Cousins went 11-for-26 for 113 yards and three interceptions (granted, one was a Hail Mary right before halftime). Cousins hitched while backed up in his own end zone and took a safety. He targeted Adam Thielen in double coverage and was picked. The Vikings kicked a field goal on their first possession and then went scoreless on their next eight. That was the worst offensive performance by any team through the first two weeks, based on EPA per snap. Many expected the Vikings' offense to take a step back, given the Diggs trade, but that was ugly.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

Their start has been a disaster so far and it hasn't been pretty for Kirk Cousins. They are in a big hole with a tough game against the Titans this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

Simply put, they're horrendous at just about every level ... and now lose LB Anthony Barr (torn pec). You were warned, Harrison Smith.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Alexander Mattison

The Vikings' offense doesn't look great right now, and poor time of possession has hindered the number of chances this unit has had. However, backup running back Mattison is going to be an important asset for Minnesota, particularly in the passing game, if and when the Vikings are able to turn things around. Mattison caught four passes in the season opener, and he is a nice outlet for Kirk Cousins in the short-to-intermediate game. If the Vikings can get Dalvin Cook going, that means more opportunities down the line for Mattison as an RB2. -- Courtney Cronin -- Rank: 20

Everything is going wrong for the Vikings to start the season. A week ago, Aaron Rodgers embarrassed the defense. On Sunday, it was the offense's turn to wear the dunce cap. Kirk Cousins appears to have no connection with pass-catchers not named Adam, and Dalvin Cook is getting buried by early deficits and blown-up game scripts. Cousins threw three interceptions (a first during his time in purple), and the offense finished with a measly 175 total yards. Minnesota's offense is clearly trying to find itself at the same time a defense loaded with new faces is attempting to get off the ground. It's a wicked combination that equals 0-2.

Previous update: Minnesota Vikings Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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