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Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup: Week 3

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Adam Bettcher

It's time for this week's look at how the Minnesota Vikings are faring in the eyes of experts across the National Football League, as we check out the Power Rankings Roundup for Week 3.

Here's what the graph looks like for this week, with drops pretty much everywhere (as you'd expect). As always, feel free to click to embiggen.


And the relevant data for this week.

Average Ranking (Number of Rankings) 23 (8)
Average Change from Last Week -4.125
Highest Ranking (Source) 20 (SB Nation)
Lowest Ranking (Source) 26 (ESPN)
Biggest Positive/Smallest Negative Change (Source) -2 (Prisco)
Largest Negative/Smallest Positive Change (Source) -9 (ESPN)

So, what are they saying about our favorite football team?

SB Nation: 20th (Last week: 19th)

No Vikings-specific commentary at this time. If some gets added later, we will edit it in. 26th (Last week: 17th)

Why were fans calling for Teddy Bridgewater? Matt Cassel is the first quarterback since 2006 to start Weeks 1 and 2 without completing multiple attempts deeper than 10 yards downfield. 23rd (Last week: 19th)

Tough "home" opener for the Vikes against the Patriots. Defenders have a better shot of putting their hands on a receiver without a flag being thrown than Matt Cassel does of evading pressure right now. Holy cow. #pocketawareness

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports: 21st (Last week: 17th)

Adrian Peterson is supposed to play this week, but where is his focus? The cries for Teddy Bridgewater at QB are just around the corner.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: 22nd (Last week: 20th)

Even with Adrian Peterson back, they just aren't good enough with Matt Cassel at quarterback. They just aren't.

Fox Sports: 24th (Last week: 19th)

It seemed as if the Adrian Peterson news cast a pall over the team, but in reality the Vikings simply couldn't get things done in the trenches on either side of the ball. We saw the bad Matt Cassel again as he went 3-for-11 for 22 yards and three interceptions when he was pressured.

Yahoo! Shutdown Corner: 23rd (Last week: 21st)

You can't have Teddy Bridgewater make his first start at New Orleans. But after that? I mean, we all know what Matt Cassel is.

USA Today: 25th (Last week: 19th)

Little surprise offense completely unraveled without Adrian Peterson. Team may need better backup plan than Matt Asiata.

So, two major takeaways from this week's Power Rankings.

First, the Adrian Peterson situation is bad, mmmkay?

Second, Matt Cassel is awful.

Tune in next week when we learn even more things that we probably already knew.