Well, with a match in the books, it's time for us to tour the National Football League and see where the experts ranked the Minnesota Vikings in the league hierarchy.
That's right, it's time to make the first installment of the Power Rankings Roundup in 2019, and after a win, the Vikings are among the many teams that seem to be on the rise. How Well, let's take a look around and find out.
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: # 7 (Previous ranking: # 12)
An ideal start to the season for the Vikings. A sultry defense, a punitive ground game, and Kirk Cousins asked to be a facilitator rather than a hero. Cousins made only 10 assists against the Falcons, Minnesota came close to the finish line after accumulating a 28-0 lead in the third quarter. The hype around Dalvin Cook this season was absolutely justified: the third-year running half scored 111 yards and two touchdowns on 21 races, which looked a lot like the missing piece of the Minnesota attack. Substitute Alexander Mattison also ran with determination for a Vikings team that finished with 172 yards rushing. Security Anthony Harris played in D with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. It's a well-rounded team that will make some noise if it can stay healthy.
ESPN: # 9 (Previous ranking: # 12)
How the newcomer played: While Dalvin Cook stole the show in the Atlanta Vikings' 28-12 win, Mattison – a third-round pick – had a handful of big races in a game in which he scored nine carries for 49 yards, including a race. at the 1 yard line that set up a Minnesota score. "He has a chance to be a good complement to Dalvin," coach Mike Zimmer said. "It was good to see."
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: # 8 (Previous ranking: # 14)
The defense really dominated against the Falcons and Dalvin Cook was special. This is Mike Zimmer's formula for success.
Associated Press: # 7 (Previous ranking: # 11)
No comments from the AP.
Bleacher Report: # 12 (Previous Rank: # 16)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Cousins only managed 89 passing yards against the Falcons. The $ 28 million man attempted only 10 shots the entire game, and yet the Vikings rolled.
Last year, Minnesota had one of the worst leap attacks in the league. But the Vikings have accumulated 172 yards and three touchdowns in 38 races against the Falcons, which was right for the Cousins.
The Minnesota defense also deserves some of the merit. Although the Vikings allowed 345 yards of offense, they forced three turnovers (including two Matt Ryan choices) in the Falcons and sacked Ryan four times.
"I'm still a bit skeptical about these Vikings," Davenport said. "I have doubts about the ability of this game script to go back in the long run. But we can not deny that Minnesota had the start of the season they wanted. The question now is whether the Vikings can continue their momentum next week in Lambeau. "
Gagnon, for his part, is on board with the run-first approach.
"I love the new offensive approach from Minnesota," he said. "It's not easy to try to pull the ball out of your quarter-big, but the reality is that Kirk Cousins is better used in a low-pressure post and it appears that the Vikings have great ingredients. We know they have the defense, and if they can continue to win as well, they will be tough in January. "
Mike Florio, football professional Talk: # 8 (previous rank: # 11)
The Vikings finally found the best way to use Kirk Cousins. As small as possible.
USA Today: # 3 (Previous ranking: # 5)
A sultry defense and a relentless match with quarterback Kirk Cousins in a complementary role, which is exactly the type of team Mike Zimmer wanted.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News # 7 (Previous ranking: # 12)
Mike Zimmer has restored the identity that he wants. Smash with the offensive, with Dalvin Cook and the current game behind a stronger line. Smash with defense, with all their veteran playmakers performing at all levels. That certainly makes Kirk Cousins' job easier, does not it?
MMQB, Sports Illustrated: # 7 (Previous Rank: # 14)
Impressive victory over Atlanta. A quick confrontation with the rival Packers could set the tone for the season in the North.
Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports: n ° 14 (previous ranking: n ° 9)
Among all the titles of week 1, the dominant performance of the Vikings was neglected. They ransacked the Falcons on both sides of the ball. Kirk Cousins only rolled 10 times as the Vikings did not need it anymore. Maybe the hype of the Vikings happened a year too soon. They seemed as good as anyone outside of New England's opening week.
You can see that there has been a sharp increase of all ten. . Yes, we cut. . .outlets we use in our Power Roundings Roundup for this season. While the average Vikings ranking at the start of the weekend was down 12.1, they made a big jump after the win. They now sit with an average ranking of 7.7.
This is a look at the ranking of Power Rankings this week! We'll be back around the same time next week to see the Vikings. . J & # 39; hope. . . climb even higher!