Coming off of what might be their most impressive victory of the 2019 season, the Minnesota Vikings would appear to be poised for another move up the Power Rankings after dropping last week. The purple won a game on the road in prime time against a contending team, but how much of an impression would that make on the pundits?
Let’s find out, as it’s time for this week’s Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup!
MMQB, Sports Illustrated: #6 (Last week: #6)
Kirk Cousins (23-of-32, 220 yards, 2 TDs) continued a strong season, Dalvin Cook stomped all over the ‘Boys for 97 rush yards, 86 receiving yards and a touchdown and Kyle Rudolph reeled in this ridiculous one-hander. The defense stepped up late, and Minnesota appears primed to snag a wild-card spot in the NFC even if Green Bay holds serve.
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: #7 (Last week: #10)
The big narrative headed into Sunday night’s huge matchup against the Cowboys centered on Kirk Cousins and whether he could rise to the occasion in prime time against a quality opponent, the type of setting that has seemingly unnerved the quarterback in the past. But then the game started, Cousins played with a steady hand, and we were reminded who the true star of Minnesota’s attack really is. Dalvin Cook delivered another All-Pro performance in Dallas, finishing with 183 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in a 28-24 win. Cook and Cousins didn’t do it alone: The Vikings’ defense was in bend-but-don’t-break mode against a high-powered Dallas attack, typified by Eric Kendricks’ breakup of a pass intended for Ezekiel Elliott in the final minute that ended the Cowboys’ final scoring chance. Kendricks has been one of the best cover linebackers in football this season ... Dak Prescott picked the wrong “mismatch.”
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: #7 (Last week: #12)
In 20 days, we’ll find out whether Primetime Kurt has more staying power than the Great Pumpkin.
ESPN: #7 (Last week: #9)
Most important game left: Dec. 2 at Seahawks
The Vikings took the first step to proving why they belong in the postseason by beating a contender in Dallas. If they want to cement themselves further in the playoff picture, they need to do it again by going to Seattle and coming away with a win. Playoff seeding comes into play between the seven-win Vikings and the Seahawks, who are currently seeded No. 6 and No. 5, respectively. A victory could boost Minnesota’s postseason standing even further and earn it a more favorable matchup.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: #6 (Last week: #11)
That was a big-time road victory for Kirk Cousins against the Cowboys. Dare I say it: Cousins is in the MVP conversation.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: #7 (Last week: #8)
The Vikings got a massive road win over the Cowboys on Sunday night to secure their current wild-card position and keep putting heat on the Packers as the weather turns cold. Kirk Cousins and the run defense are doing their big parts, but their clear MVP is Dalvin Cook.
USA Today: #7 (Last week: #8)
Don’t look now, but Kirk Cousins is 2-0 in prime-time games this year. Good thing because Minnesota is scheduled to have at least three more.
Bleacher Report: #9 (Last week: #9)
As statement wins go, the Minnesota Vikings may have had the biggest of Week 10. Thanks to a huge game from young tailback Davin Cook and an outstanding performance from Minnesota’s run defense, the Vikings defeated the Cowboys in Dallas and solidified their status as one of the best teams in the NFC.
”The Vikings quietly went about their business and built an impressive 7-3 record,” Sobleski wrote. “Their standing is even more impressive when you consider they’ve lost throw three games by an average of six points. They’re in every game and winning most of them because Dalvin Cook emerged as the NFL’s leading rusher and the other side of the ball ranks top five in scoring defense. If Kirk Cousins can play at a consistently high level, Minnesota will work its way into the Super Bowl conversation.”
The win gave the Vikings their fifth victory in the last six weeks and a clean sweep of the four teams in the NFC East. But as well as the Vikings have been playing of late, Minnesota can’t let up.
Provided the Vikings get past Denver at home next week, Minny will hit the bye at 8-3. But it will also hit the off week in second place in the NFC North regardless of what the Green Bay Packers do in Week 11.
Given how much better the Vikings have been at home (or in domes away from it) as opposed to outside, an NFC North title vs. a wild-card spot could be the difference between a deep playoff run and a quick exit. Minnesota has to keep the pedal to the floor ahead of a rematch with the Packers two days before Christmas at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Associated Press: #7 (Last week: #8)
No Vikings-centric commentary from the AP this week
Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports: #7 (Last week: #9)
Maybe Dalvin Cook needs some MVP consideration. Christian McCaffrey has gotten whatever non-quarterback MVP buzz there is to go around, and that’s fine because McCaffrey is great. But Cook is also having an outstanding season. Cook leads the NFL with 1,415 scrimmage yards and 991 rushing yards, and has 10 touchdowns for an excellent Vikings team. Cook can’t win MVP because non-quarterbacks are forgotten in the voting, but he has a case.
The magic number for this week for the Vikings appears to be seven. They got their seventh win of the season on Sunday night, and that’s where seven of the ten outlets that we use in our Roundup have them slotted this week. Throw in one that has them at #9 and two that have them at #6, and the average ranking for this week for the purple computes to a nice, even. . .7.0. That’s a full two spots above the 9.0 they averaged when we did last week’s Roundup.
Eight of our ten sets of Power Rankings did, in fact, move the Vikings up from where they were the previous week, where two of them held them steady.
Here is your look at this week’s trends, which you may click to embiggen for ease of viewing.
That’s your Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup as we move into Week 11, ladies and gentlemen. Here’s hoping for another uptick as we head into the Vikings’ bye week a week from now.