Well, in a game of books, it's time for us to cycle around the National Football League and see where the pundits have the Minnesota Vikings ranked in the league hierarchy.
That's right, it's time for the first installment of the Power Rankings Roundup for 2019, and finalizing a win, the Vikings are one of a number of teams appearing on the upswing. How much is it? So, let's take a look and find out.
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: # 7 (previous ranking: # 12)
Quite a perfect start to the season for the Vikings. Challenging the defense, a penalty in the ground game, and Kirk Cousins asked to be a facilitator rather than a hero. The Cousins threw just 10 passes against the Falcons, as Minnesota rose to the finish line after trailing 28-0 in the third quarter. The hype around Dalvin Cook this offseason has come full circle: A third-year running back piled up for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, which looks like a missing piece for Minnesota's offense. Backup Alexander Mattison also ran with a goal for a Vikings team that finished with 172 yards on the ground. Safety Anthony Harris starred in the D with two interceptions and one breakout fall. This is a well-balanced team that will make noise if it can stay healthy.
ESPN: # 9 (previous ranking: # 12)
How the newcomer ranks: While Dalvin Cook stole the show. in the Vikings' 28-12 victory over Atlanta, Mattison – a third-round draft pick – had a handful of runs in a game in which he notched nine carries for 49 yards, including a run on the 1-yard line setting up a Minnesota score. "He had a chance to be a great aide back to Dalvin," coach Mike Zimmer said. "It's great to see."
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: # 8 (previous rank: # 14)
Defensively against the Falcons and Dalvin Cook is really in charge. That's the Mike Zimmer formula for success.
Associated Press: # 7 (previous rank: # 11)
No comment from AP .
Bleacher Report: # 12 (previous rank: # 16)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Cousins only managed 89 passes against the Falcons. The $ 28 million man has only attempted 10 throws throughout the game, and the Vikings are still on the wheel.
Last year, Minnesota had one of the worst offensive attacks in the league. But the Vikings racked up 172 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries against the Falcons, eliminating Cousins.
Minnesota's defense deserves some credit as well. Although the Vikings surrendered 345 yards of offense, they forced three Falcons turnovers (including Matt Ryan's two picks) and fired Ryan four times. "I have some doubts as to whether this throwback game script will stand for a long time. But it's undeniable that Minnesota has started the season that it wants. The question now is whether the Vikings can continue going next season. week in Lambeau. ”
Gagnon, on the other hand, was at the top of the first approach.
"Love the new offensive strategy from Minnesota," he said. "It's not always easy to get the ball out of your big money game, but the fact is that Kirk Cousins is better used in a low-pressure role, and it appears the Vikings have smashmouth ingredients. We know they have a defense, and if they can continue to win this way, they will be tough in January. ”
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: # 8 (previous ranking: # 11)
Finally thought Vikings on how best to use Kirk Cousins. As small as it can't be.
USA Today: # 3 (previous ranking: # 5)
Providing defense and a steady run in QB Kirk Cousins is almost in a subordinate role – exactly the kind of team Mike Zimmer wants.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: # 7 (previous rank: # 12)
Mike Zimmer re-establishes identity he wanted to on offense, with Dalvin Cook and the running game behind a stronger line. Defensively, with all their accomplished veteran players on every level. Kirk Cousins certainly makes the job easier, doesn't it?
MMQB, Sports Illustrated: # 7 (previous ranking: # 14)
Exciting win in Atlanta. The early showdown with rival Packer divisions could set the tone for the season in the North.
Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports: # 14 (previous ranking: # 9)
Among all the titles of Week 1, the Vikings' dominant performance was noted. They threw the Falcons on both sides of the ball. Kirk Cousins has been thrown 10 times since the Vikings didn't need him. Maybe the Vikings' hype came just a year early. They look just as good as anyone outside of New England during the opening week.
You can see that there is a significant bump from each of the ten. . .sige, we are broken. . .outlet we use in our Power Rankings Roundup for this season. While the average ranking for the Vikings entering the opening weekend dropped to 12.1, they made a pretty big jump after the win. They sit today with an average rank of 7.7.
That's a look at the Power Rankings Roundup for this week, people! We will be back around the same time next week to see the Vikings. . .hopefully. . .class higher!