Well, with a game in the books, it's time for us to take a tour of the National Football League and see where the experts have the Minnesota Vikings in the League Rankings.
Right, it's time for the Vikings are one of several teams that seem to be on the upswing. How much? Let's take a look around and find out.
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: # 7 (previous ranking: # 12)
Pretty perfect start to the season for the Vikings. The stifling defense, a game on the field of penalties, and Kirk cousins asked to be mediator rather than hero. Cousins threw only 10 passes against the Falcons when Minnesota reached the finish line after a 28-0 lead in the third quarter. The hype surrounding Dalvin Cook in this off-season was absolutely justified: The third year, when he ran 21 yards with 21 runs and two touchdowns, looked very similar to the missing part for Minnesota's offense. Backup Alexander Mattison also purposely ran for a Viking team that ended up on the ground with 172 yards. Security Anthony Harris played the lead role in D with two interceptions and a fiddly recovery. This is a balanced team that makes a noise when it stays healthy.
ESPN: # 9 (previous ranking: # 12)
How the newcomer played: While Dalvin Cook stole the show In the 28:12 victory of the Vikings against Atlanta, Mattison – a draft pick from the third round – a handful of big runs in a game in which he scored nine runs for 49 yards, including a run to the 1-yard line that set a Minnesota score. "He has the chance to be a good match to Dalvin," said coach Mike Zimmer. "It was nice to see."
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: # 8 (previous ranking: # 14)
The defense against the Hawks and Dalvin Cook was a special one. That's the formula for success of Mike Zimmer.
Associated Press: # 7 (previous ranking: # 11)
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Bleacher Report: # 12 (previous # 16 Ranking)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback cousins made it 89 yards ahead of the Falcons. The $ 28 million man tried to make the whole game through just ten throws, but the Vikings diced.
Last year, Minnesota had one of the worst assaults in the league. But the Vikings battled the Hawks at 38 to 172 yards and three touchdowns, putting the cousins under pressure.
Also the defense of Minnesota deserves a part of the merit. Although the Vikings gave up 345 yards of insult, they forced three Falcon sales (including two picks from Matt Ryan) and fired Ryan four times. "I'm still a little skeptical of these Vikings," Davenport said. "I have some doubts as to whether this throwback script will last in the long run. But it is undeniable that Minnesota has made the start to the desired season. The question now is whether the Vikings can continue in Lambeau next week.
Gagnon, on the other hand, is aboard the Run-First approach.
"I love the new offensive approach of Minnesota," he said. "It can not be easy to beat your quarterback, but in reality, Kirk Cousins is better used in a low-pressure roll, and it seems the Vikings have smashed ingredients." We know they have the defense, and if they can go on like that, they'll be a tough challenge in January. "
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: # 8 (Previous Ranking: # 11)
The Vikings finally found out how best to use Kirk Cousins. As little as possible.
USA Today: # 3 (previous ranking: # 5)
Stifling defense and a relentless running game with QB Kirk cousins almost in a complementary role – just the kind of team Mike wants Zimmer.
Vinnie Iyer, Sports News: # 7 (previous ranking: # 12)
Mike Zimmer restored the identity he wanted. With Dalvin Cook and the running game behind a stronger line you smash with insult. Smash with the defense, with all their experienced playmakers at all levels. That certainly makes the work of Kirk Cousins a lot easier, does not it?
MMQB, Sports Illustrated: # 7 (previous ranking: # 14)
Impressive victory against Atlanta. Former showdown with division opponents Packers could set the tone for the season in the north.
Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sport: # 14 (previous ranking: # 9)
In all headlines of Week 1, the dominating performance of the Vikings was overlooked. They destroyed the hawks on both sides of the ball. Kirk Cousins threw only 10 times because the Vikings no longer needed. Maybe the Viking hype came a year too early. They looked as good in the opening week as everyone else outside New England.
You can see that there was a significant increase in each of the ten. , Yes, we cut short. , .outlets we use in our Power Rankings summary for this season. While Vikings' average placement at the opening weekend was 12.1, they made a pretty big jump after the win. You now have an average rank of 7.7.
This is a look at the power leaderboard for this week, folks! We will be back at about the same time next week to see the Vikings. , .hoffnungsvoll. , climb even higher!