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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Minnesota Vikings

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Minnesota Vikings rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Top rookie: S Camryn Bynum

It's slim pickings for the Vikings, who only fielded three rookies in Week 1. Ihmir Smith-Marsette didn't do anything as a receiver and only returned one kickoff for 21 yards, guard Wyatt Davis played four snaps on special teams, so Minnesota's other rookie, Bynum, earns this distinction. Bynum played 23 snaps on special teams and had two tackles. -- Courtney Cronin

NFL.com -- Rank: 24

Let's start here: I'm not sure how game officials and the replay crew in New York stuck with the ruling of that Dalvin Cook fumble in overtime, a questionable call that effectively swung the outcome of the game. But Minnesota also put itself in that vulnerable position with an afternoon of sloppy play against a supposedly inferior opponent. Four of the Vikings' five offensive linemen were charged with holding penalties, and the one who wasn't -- Brian O'Neill -- had a false start. The rebuilt secondary struggled to contain Joe Burrow, who averaged close to 10 yards per attempt. The Vikings fashion themselves an NFC contender, but they didn't look the part on Sunday.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

Losing on the road in an opener isn't a disaster, but the defense let them down. They have to be better on the back end. The good news is that nobody else in the division won either.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

When you commit a dozen penalties for 116 yards, and your best player (RB Dalvin Cook) fumbles in overtime? Welp. Not harbingers for the campaign you want.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Overreaction: The offensive line will doom the Vikings' season. Kirk Cousins was sacked three times, which feels remarkably low given the overall poor play up front, as four of the five starters were called for holding and two linemen were penalized more than once. It was a mess, and all of the long-yardage situations made it exceedingly difficult to get started. And if that's what happened against the Bengals, imagine what will happen against better competition? -- Jones

Reality check: They did have 112 yards in penalties, and LOST TO THE BENGALS. Hey, this could have really easily been a tie, right? Gjallarhorn half full. You see 0-1, I see tied for first place in the NFC North. -- Auman

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