It's time, once again, to take a look at how the Minnesota Vikings are faring in the various sets of Power Rankings across the interwebs this week. As you'd expect, there's been a slight uptick for our favorite football team in the rankings following a victory. . .but, it appears that a lot of the enthusiasm has been tempered by the fact that they beat a team that now currently sits at 1-6. Two sets of ratings even dropped the team a notch after the win (sort of the way earlier this year they got a bump after a loss from one set of ratings).
So, what's going on this week? Well, here's the numericals.
|Average Ranking (Number of Rankings)||24.75 (8)|
|Average Change from Last Week||+1|
|Highest Ranking (Source)||23 (Fox Sports)|
|Lowest Ranking (Source)||26 (Yahoo!/USA Today)|
|Biggest Positive/Smallest Negative Change (Source)||+2 (5 different sources)|
|Largest Negative/Smallest Positive Change (Source)||-1 (Yahoo!/USA Today)|
And here is this week's chart that goes back to the opening of the season. As always, you may click to embiggen.
So, what's the word from across the internet? Let's have a look around.
SB Nation: 25th (Last week: 27th)
No team-specific commentary.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: 24th (Last week: 25th)
Driving his team to tying points late against Tampa Bay will be a nice growing moment for Teddy Bridgewater. He is getting better.
Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports: 24th (Last week: 26th)
Teddy Bridgewater has now won two games and is working through all the bumps in the road. The dividends for the Vikings will be in 2015 but for now there is light in the tunnel.
ESPN: 25th (Last week: 27th)
Cordarrelle Patterson was targeted 10 times Sunday, the second-highest total in a game in his career. When Patterson has at least seven touches, Minnesota is 2-0-1.
Yahoo! Shutdown Corner: 26th (Last week: 25th)
Teddy Bridgewater isn't a star yet, but he makes a throw like his 17-yard touchdown to Greg Jennings and you can see why he might be some day. It's impressive how he stood in against the rush and threw such an accurate ball.
Fox Sports: 23rd (Last week: 25th)
The Vikings have limited their last three opponents to 17 points or fewer. As Teddy Bridgewater evolves within the offense, the Vikings have a strong chance to become a complete team.
USA Today: 26th (Last week: 25th)
They saw the future Sunday when first rounders Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr brought them back in the closing minutes.
NFL.com: 25th (Last week: 26th)
Teddy Bridgewater didn't win that ballgame Sunday. Then again, the rookie out of Louisville didn't make the plays to lose the game, either. Bridgewater's still quite off on some of his intermediate throws. And he isn't seeing the field or reading coverages at a veteran level. But he has moxie and doesn't get skittish, which is impressive, considering how much he's been pummeled over the past few weeks. Looks like the Vikings have another talented newbie in tailback Jerick McKinnon, as well. Would like to see him get the football more.
So, Teddy Bridgewater is getting better, which I think we all knew already. It's just nice to see other places acknowledging it as well.
Hopefully the Minnesota Vikings will be continuing their (mostly) upward trajectory after this weekend's game against the Washington Redskins.