2022 NFL Power Rankings: Minnesota Vikings
Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Minnesota Vikings in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 11
Kirk Cousins is clearly still adjusting to the Vikings' scheme under new coach Kevin O'Connell. Most notably, Cousins threw three interceptions in the Week 2 loss to the Eagles. "It's not where I want it to be," the quarterback said of the team's comfort level on offense. But Cousins is not a stranger to slow starts since signing with the Vikings in 2018; his current 45.9 Total QBR is higher than it was in Weeks 1-3 of 2019 (35.5) and 2020 (31.2).
NFL.com -- Rank: 11
Kirk Cousins and the Vikings looked outclassed against the Eagles in the second game of Week 2's Monday doubleheader. Early on against the Lions on Sunday, it looked like more of the same. But Minnesota and its QB showed resolve, digging out of 14-0 and 24-14 holes to beat an NFC North rival and get things back on track after that humbling prime-time loss. The hero was K.J. Osborn, who zipped through the Detroit defense almost unnoticed for the go-ahead 28-yard touchdown with 45 seconds to play. Osborn has found his niche in this offense -- since the start of last season, no Vikings receiver has more catches in two-minute situations than the 2020 fifth-round pick.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 11
They looked lifeless early against the Lions, but they came alive late to win it to get to 2-1. The offense still isn't clicking like it will be.
USA Today -- Rank: 9
So that talk of a 2,000-yard receiving season for WR Justin Jefferson? Clearly just a bit premature. Limited to 62 yards the past two games, he'll have to average 126 per the rest of the way in order to achieve his stated goal.
The Athletic -- Rank: 9
Congratulations to the Vikings on an important come-from-behind win within the division, thanks in part to breakout No. 3 wide receiver K.J. Osborn. But this is among the dorkiest tweets of all time.
That tweet is so dweeby it color-coded its replies. Tweet so lame it went to bed at 5:30 p.m. Tweet is such a goober it lives in a fanny pack. That tweet is such a Melvin, Stefon Diggs is still making fun of it somewhere.
The Ringer -- Rank: 11
The Vikings' slow start against Detroit in Week 3 was troublesome, especially after they fell completely flat on their faces against the Eagles six days prior on Monday Night Football. After lighting the Packers' faulty zone coverage on fire in Week 1, Justin Jefferson has drawn shadow coverage in Weeks 2 and 3 that forced head coach Kevin O'Connell and quarterback Kirk Cousins out of their comfort zone. They'll need to continue to make adjustments to set sights on a deep postseason run, but the pieces are in place for them to do so as O'Connell continues to gain play-calling reps.
Yahoo! -- Rank: 11
We're back on the Dalvin Cook shoulder injury roller coaster, earlier than ever this season. Not great. They'll be fine at running back with Alexander Mattison. What is concerning is how Justin Jefferson has 62 yards in two games. He had just 14 yards on three catches Sunday. That should never happen.
PFT -- Rank: 23
It was a Week Two performance but, somehow, a Week One result.
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