It’s time, once again, to take a look at how the pundits around the internet view the Minnesota Vikings by where they sit in the various Power Rankings. Yes, it’s a bit later than normal this week, but yours truly has had some other stuff going on so it had to wait until now. However, hopefully this will be a case of “better late than never,” as we get ready for our Week 9 Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup!
Associated Press: #22 (Last week: #27)
No commentary from the AP, as per usual.
The Athletic: #17 (Last week: #21)
They traded Yannick Ngakoue last week and announced that Danielle Hunter was out for the season. But Mike Zimmer’s teams play hard, and the Vikings’ performance in a win against the Packers was a nice reminder of that. Cook ran for 163 yards, while Kirk Cousins completed just 11 passes as Minnesota pulled off the upset. Not to get anyone’s hopes up, but the Vikings’ next give games — Lions, at Chicago, Cowboys, Panthers, Jaguars — are all winnable.
Bleacher Report: #24 (Last week: #27)
Cook wasn’t an important part of the Minnesota offense at Lambeau Field—he was the Minnesota offense. The fourth-year pro carried the ball 30 times for 163 yards and three scores, chipping in another 63 yards and a score on two catches.
Cook’s quarterback greatly appreciated his huge day.
“Dalvin did a great job today,” Kirk Cousins told the media. “Anytime you score four touchdowns, you deserve some credit. Just a great player, dynamic player, we’re always trying to find ways to get him the football.”
One win doesn’t erase what has been a wildly disappointing first half of the season in Minnesota—a first half that started with a loss to the Packers in Week 1.
But it had to feel good to get a little payback.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: #24 (Last week: #27)
Winning at Green Bay, with a soft schedule coming the next five weeks, gives them some hope. Not much, but some.
ESPN: #21 (Last week: #24)
Reason for optimism: RB Dalvin Cook
The type of heroic performance Cook turned in against Green Bay is the reason the Vikings paid him this offseason. The running back has shown he is unstoppable when healthy, and if Minnesota wants to string together victories and get back into contention, it needs to commit to running its offense through Cook. It did so in Week 8, with Cook scoring a touchdown on each of the Vikings’ first four possessions, the first time a player has achieved that feat since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Keep feeding Cook and those accolades will continue and likely translate to wins.
MMQB, Sports Illustrated: #20 (Last week: #25)
This win was a Dalvin Cook masterpiece. The Vikings RB is the first player to score on each of his team’s first four possessions since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: #20 (Last week: #26)
Dalvin Cook was an absolute monster on Sunday at Lambeau Field, accounting for 226 yards of offense and all four of the Vikings’ touchdowns in a 28-22 upset win over the Packers. Cook put on a clinic, gaining 111 of his 163 rushing yards after contact. It allowed the Vikings to effectively hide Kirk Cousins, who entered Sunday on pace to potentially join Jameis Winston in the 30/30 Club for touchdowns and interceptions. Cousins’ longest pass of the game covered 8 air yards. With Cousins effectively muzzled, Mike Zimmer’s defense closed the game out with a crushing hit on Aaron Rodgers on the game’s final play that resulted in a fumble recovery. A win that brought some good spirit to a locker room in need.
Matt Williamson, Pro Football Network: #22 (Last week: #29)
This was an impressive Vikings win in Green Bay, but what a one-man show this was by Dalvin Cook. Cook ran for 163 yards, tacked on another 63 as a receiver, and found the end zone on four different occasions. He’s one of the NFL’s elite running backs, and Minnesota’s offense is night and day different when Cook is in and out of the lineup.
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: #20 (Last week: #27)
Let Dalvin Cook. Every week.
Reddit: #21 (Last week: #24)
[How to HACK the Packers’ defense]
Danny Kelly, The Ringer: #21 (Last week: #23)
Nothing specifically about the Vikings in this week’s commentary
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: #23 (Last week: #27)
The Vikings’ pass defense is something that can’t be fixed with a limited pass rush and an injury-depleted young cornerback corps. But they can do whatever they want offensively when Dalvin Cook is cooking. They’ll try to keep out-scoring teams and hope to sneak back into the wild-card race.
Nate Davis, USA Today: #21 (Last week: #26)
Pretty simple formula – give RB Dalvin Cook 25 touches, and Minnesota is going to win. When Vikes haven’t met that threshold this year? Welp ...
Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports: #25 (Last week: #26)
Dalvin Cook had 226 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday in a win over the Packers. The rest of the Vikings combined had 98 yards and no touchdowns. It’s hard to find a box score like that, in which one player is that important in winning a game.
Yes, every outlet we survey moved the Vikings up after last week’s win, which was nice of them. The average ranking for the purple moved up about four spots from last week, going up to 21.5 from 25.64.
Here’s a look at the graphic, where it sure is nice to see an upward turn again for a change. You may click on the graphic in order to embiggen things if you desire.
That’s a look at your (belated) Power Rankings Roundup for this week, ladies and gentlemen. Hopefully the upward trend can continue this week with a victory over Detroit.