With their second straight victory under their belts, the Minnesota Vikings continue to trend upward in Power Rankings across the internet. . .and, hey, at least nobody dropped them this week, as was the case last week, which is nice.
Here is the numerical data for this week's rankings.
|Average Ranking (Number of Rankings)||21.875 (8)|
|Average Change from Last Week||+2.875|
|Highest Ranking (Source)||20 (Fox Sports)|
|Lowest Ranking (Source)||24 (Yahoo!)|
|Biggest Positive/Smallest Negative Change (Source)||+4 (3 different sources)|
|Largest Negative/Smallest Positive Change (Source)||+1 (Prisco)|
And now, the embiggenable graphic representation. Yes, we've added another set of rankings this week, from the folks at SI.com, and I went back and tracked them back to the start of the season as well. When they do their Power Rankings, I will update this post with a new graph and new data.
So, what do the different rankings have to say about the Minnesota Vikings this week?
SB Nation: 21st (Last Week: 25th)
No team-specific commentary
SI.com: (last week: 22nd)
Commentary forthcoming, as it appears that SI does their Power Rankings on Wednesdays
Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports: 22nd (Last Week: 25th)
Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater just won his third game. Anthony Barr is another rookie starting to flourish in a Vikings uniform. As I said last week this will be a good team in 2015.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: 23rd (Last Week: 24th)
Teddy Bridgewater is growing up. The pass rush is also good. That's a nice combination moving forward.
ESPN: 23rd (Last Week: 25th)
Sunday was Matt Asiata's second game this season with three rushing touchdowns. No other player has more than two rushing touchdowns in a game.
Fox Sports: 20th (Last Week: 23rd)
The Vikings' pass rush really dialed it up and it seems like they're hitting their stride in Mike Zimmer's new scheme. Teddy Bridgewater took some big hits but performed admirably, even on the plays where he was under heavy pressure.
NFL.com: 21st (Last Week: 25th)
I don't care if you love the Vikings, love the Packers, watch "Bad Teacher" on Lifetime, or are totally absorbed in MMA when not watching football ... Matt Asiata's story is nothing short of awesome. From warehouse to penthouse -- three times Sunday.
USA Today: 22nd (Last Week: 26th)
The average length of Matt Asiata's nine career TDs? Try 2.9 yards, with five coming from the 1-yard line.
Yahoo! Shutdown Corner: 24th (Last Week: 26th)
Teddy Bridgewater has shown he doesn't get rattled in pressure situations. The last two weeks, he has led two late fourth-quarter drives that led to Vikings wins. That's a great sign.
The Minnesota Vikings are getting better, ladies and gentlemen. Hopefully that's a trend that will continue getting forward. . .and something that will be noticed by others as well.