Well, with a game in the books, it's time for us to take a spin around the National Football League and see where the Shakers have the Minnesota Vikings ranked in the league's hierarchy.
That's right, it's time for the first installment of the Power Rankings Roundup for 2019, and with a win, the Vikings are one of a number of teams that seems to be on the rise. How much so? Well, let's take a look and find out.
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: # 7 (previous rank: # 12)
Pretty much a perfect start to the Vikings' season. Fighting defense, a punishing game and Kirk Cousins asked to be a facilitator rather than a hero. Cousins threw just 10 passes against the Falcons as Minnesota stood at the finish line after building a 28-0 lead during the third quarter. The hype around Dalvin Cook wasn't quite the season: The third year running back 111 yards and two touchdowns on 21 cars looks a lot like the missing piece for Minnesota offense. Backup Alexander Mattison also ran with the intention of a Vikings team that ended with 172 yards on the ground. Security Anthony Harris played the lead role on D with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. This is a well-balanced law that will sound if it can stay healthy.
ESPN: # 9 (previous rank: # 12)
How the freshman played: While Dalvin Cook stole the show in the Vikings' 28-12 victory over Atlanta, Mattison – a third draft draft – had a handful of big runs in a game where he listed nine cars for 49 yards, including a drive to the 1-yard line that created a Minnesota score. "He has a chance to be a great 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. That's the Mike Zimmer formula for success.
Associated Press: # 7 (previous rank: # 11)
No comment from AP .
Bleacher Report: # 12 (previous rank: # 16)
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback cousins managed just 89 passing yards against the Falcons. The $ 28 million man attempted just 10 throws throughout the game, and yet the Vikings rolled.
Last year, Minnesota had one of the worst rushing attacks in the league. But the Vikings picked up 172 yards and three touchdowns on 38 cars against the Falcons, who took pressure from Cousins.
Minnesota's defense also deserves some of the credits. Although the Vikings gave up 345 yards of offense, they forced three Falcons turnovers (including two Matt Ryan picks) and kicked Ryan four times.
"I'm still a little skeptical of these Vikings," Davenport said. “I doubt whether the throwing game script will last long term. But no one denies that Minnesota got the start of the season it wanted. The question now is whether the Vikings can keep it up next week at Lambeau. ”
Gagnon, on the other hand, is on board with the first approach.
"Love the new offensive method from Minnesota," he said. "It may not be easy to basically remove the ball from your big-money quarterback, but the reality is that Kirk Cousins is better used in a low-pressure role, and it seems the Vikings have smashmouth ingredients. We know they have the defense , and if they can continue to win like this, they will be a tough out in January. "
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: # 8 (previous rank: # 11)
The Vikings finally figured out how to best should use Kirk Cousins as little as possible
USA Today: # 3 (previous rank: # 5)
Fighting defense and a merciless driving game with QB Kirk Cousins almost in a complementary role – exactly the kind of teams that Mike Zimmer wants.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: # 7 (previous rank: # 12)
Mike Zimmer has reestablished the identity he wants. Smash with defense, with all their good laces players of all levels, that sure makes Kirk Cousins much easier, right?
MMQB, Sports Illustrated: # 7 (previous rank: # 14)
Impressive victory over Atlanta. Early showdown with division rival Packers could set the tone for the season to the north.
Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports: # 14 (previous rank: # 9)
Among all the headlines in Week 1, the Vikings' dominant performance was overlooked. They trash the Falcons on both sides of the ball. Kirk Cousins threw only ten times because the Vikings needed no more. Maybe the Vikings' hype came just a year too early. They looked good to anyone outside of New England during the opening week.
You can see that there was a pretty significant bolt from each of the ten. . Yes, we have been reduced. . .outlets that we use in our Power Rankings Roundup for this season. While the average rankings for the Vikings entering the opening weekend were down to 12.1, they have made a pretty big jump up after the win. They now sit with an average ranking of 7.7.
It's a look at the Power Rankings Roundup for this week, folks! We will be back around the same time next week to meet the Vikings. . .hopefully. . .climbing even higher!