Saturday, November 21, 2020

Minnesota Vikings Week 11 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: 16.6 (16th)
  • Best ranking: 14th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 19th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

They're still alive! I haven't seen the footage, but Mike Zimmer definitely spent 10 minutes berating the special-teams coordinator before he addressed the players after their win over Chicago, right? Minnesota has won three in a row and has a 30.4 percent chance to make the postseason.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

With three straight victories and a soft three-game stretch coming up, they have turned their season around. They have real playoff chances now.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

It wasn't pretty, but QB Kirk Cousins broke a nine-game losing streak on "Monday Night Football," the longest for any player in MNF history, while also beating Chicago for the first time since he signed with Minnesota.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

What would they take back: Trading for Yannick Ngakoue

The Vikings acquired the 25-year-old defensive end from Jacksonville with the thought that they'd eventually be able to pair him with Danielle Hunter. A neck injury Hunter sustained in camp that eventually required season-ending surgery precluded that from happening, and the Vikings cut bait on Ngakoue after six weeks, taking on $6.8 million in dead cap. What if the Vikings would have used their resources to instead acquire an experienced cornerback to help their young secondary? What if Minnesota signed a veteran interior offensive lineman? Would those moves have panned out better long term than paying for less than two months of work from Ngakoue? -- Courtney Cronin -- Rank: 16

It took 10 tries, but Kirk Cousins finally won a start on Monday Night Football. Perhaps that's why we saw the Vikings quarterback in such an excited state after his fourth-quarter completion to Kyle Rudolph helped seal the 19-13 win over the Bears. These guys don't live their lives in a bubble, and it's one less narrative that Cousins -- ever the lightning rod -- has to hear about. Mike Zimmer wasn't happy with his special teams converge unit on Monday, but he has to be feeling pretty good about just about everything else. The Vikings have won three straight and find themselves back in the NFC playoff race. Their 1-5 start feels like ancient history now.

Previous update: Minnesota Vikings Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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