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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Minnesota Vikings

Throughout the 2020 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 15 roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

They got wide receiver Justin Jefferson with the 22nd overall pick and cornerback Jeff Gladney at No. 31. Jefferson has been a home run, delivering one of the best rookie seasons for a wide receiver in NFL history. Through 13 games, he has 65 catches for 1,078 yards and seven touchdowns. Gladney, meanwhile, has improved, and looks like he'll at least be a competent starting corner. That's the good news. The bad news is the Vikings made too many mistakes in their loss to Tampa, they were a disaster on special teams. Minnesota is now one game out of the final wild-card spot in the NFC.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

So much for the idea they will make the playoffs. They are done. The defense needs a lot of help.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Let's summarize their pass rush -- Minnesota's leading sack man remains Yannick Ngakoue (5), who last played for Vikes in Week 6.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Given how the Vikings' defense started the season, with multiple injuries and a number of rookies called on early, its current FPI ranking is remarkable. The offense has been moving the ball efficiently behind Dalvin Cook and a plethora of receiving options, but special-teams issues have snowballed into a full-blown crisis. The Vikings lost to the Bucs on Sunday in large part because of Dan Bailey's four missed kicks that left 10 points on the table. Minnesota can't afford for its kicking issues to continue after its playoff chances took a massive hit against Tampa Bay. Another mistake-laden loss would likely derail the Vikings' playoff hopes. -- Courtney Cronin

NFL.com -- Rank: 17

The Curse Of The Viking Kicker is more powerful than any man who tries to break it. The latest victim was Dan Bailey, who missed all four of his attempts (one PAT, three field goals) in a damaging 26-14 loss to the Buccaneers. Bailey's meltdown was just one element of a deeply frustrating game for Minnesota, which dominated on the ground in the first quarter but was undone by ill-timed penalties and the aforementioned special teams collapse. The Vikes outgained the Bucs in total yardage and held the ball for nearly 40 minutes of game time, yet now find themselves on the outside looking in with three weeks to go in the NFC wild-card race.

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