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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 3 roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Fantasy surprise: WR K.J. Osborn

As of Week 2, Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn was only rostered in 1.1% of fantasy leagues. After the way he has played in Minnesota's first two games, those who play daily fantasy or are in deep leagues might want to snatch him up. The second-year wideout has snap counts consistent with what's expected from a WR3 in Minnesota's offense and early production to boot. Through two games, Osborn is averaging 13.9 yards per catch on 12 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. In years past, the Vikings struggled to establish a third WR behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson and, previously, behind Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Osborn has emerged as that guy in Minnesota. -- Courtney Cronin

NFL.com -- Rank: 24

The line between 2-0 and 0-2 in the NFL can be painfully thin. The Vikings know that all too well. In Week 1, fortunes turned on a Dalvin Cook fumble in overtime. Sunday was even worse: Greg Joseph pushed a 37-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired to seal an excruciating 34-33 loss to the Cardinals. "It's a perfect surface," Zimmer lamented afterward. "I'm thinking, This should be an easy one here." Nothing is easy for Minnesota, of course, especially when it comes to kickers. It's a 17-game haul, which means there's still plenty of time for the Vikings to right their ship. But back-to-back heartbreakers like this can alter an entire season. Gut-check time has already arrived.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

That was a tough way to lose a game against Arizona, losing on a missed field goal on the final play. At 0-2, they have a big hole to dig out of going forward.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Mike Zimmer called last season's defense the "worst" he'd ever coached, but this year's unit is threatening to lower the bar. The Vikings have allowed at least 24 points in nine consecutive games.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Kirk Cousins didn't miss that kick! All he did in Arizona was throw three touchdowns and no interceptions, then get his team in position to win the game with a 37-yard field goal. No quarterback has more pass attempts this season (81) without throwing a pick than Cousins. Is anyone in the league (or Minnesota, for that matter) ready to anoint Cousins? Probably not. But it's certainly an ideal start for the quarterback ... just not the team.

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