Saturday, November 14, 2020

Minnesota Vikings Week 10 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: 17.6 (17th)
  • Best ranking: 16th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 19th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

It feels like every week in this space, I either write "Ok, we can count the Vikings out" or "Let's not count the Vikings out just yet." Good luck figuring out which version of this team is going to show up each week. If they would've just converted that late fourth down at Seattle a few weeks ago, the Vikings would be 4-4 and in the middle of the playoff picture. They're 3-5 but have a bunch of winnable games on their schedule: the Bears (twice), Jaguars, Lions, Cowboys and Panthers. Douglas' model gives Minnesota a 20.4 percent chance of making the playoffs. I can't quit this team... unless they lose to the Bears next week. In which case I will quit this team (again).

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

They have won two straight games and at 3-5 they have a soft schedule the next few weeks. Can they get back into playoff contention?

USA Today -- Rank: 18

Don't look now, but RB Dalvin Cook's two-week explosion has vaulted him past Derrick Henry for the league rushing lead (858 yards).

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Recalibrated expectation: Grab the NFC's No. 7 seed

An expanded field could help Minnesota keep its postseason hopes alive after a 1-5 start. If their last two wins are a sign of second-half turnaround, the Vikings are inching closer to getting in contention for the last spot in the playoffs. They'll need the 49ers and Rams to stumble and hope Chicago continues to falter in order to jump up in the standings, but a favorable schedule the rest of the way might help their case. -- Courtney Cronin -- Rank: 16

Adrian Peterson is the last running back to win Most Valuable Player honors, earning the coveted award following his 2,000-yard season in 2012. Eight years later, another Vikings superstar has announced his presence in the MVP race. Dalvin Cook rushed for 206 yards and two scores in Sunday's 34-20 win over the Lions and has now put together back-to-back games with more than 200 yards from scrimmage. Cook is up to four games this season with at least two scores, and his relentless playmaking ability has allowed Kirk Cousins to settle in after a dreadful start to his season. Cousins threw three touchdown passes on Sunday and didn't have a turnover for the second consecutive week. With a forgiving schedule ahead, the Vikings might just work themselves back into the playoff picture after a 1-5 start.

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