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

ESPN -- Rank: 16

It's difficult to figure out what this Vikings team is. In Week 2, they took Arizona, the league's only remaining undefeated team, to the wire in a 34-33 loss. It was the only game in which Kyler Murray has thrown two interceptions. Weeks later, they played down and allowed a winless Detroit to hang around until the final moment, and then they did the same with Carolina in Week 6. The Vikings have done good things with terrific quarterback play from Kirk Cousins, but until they prove themselves in the five-game stretch they have coming out of the bye, it's difficult to consider them a sure thing. -- Courtney Cronin

NFL.com -- Rank: 14

The Vikings have no idea how to play a normal game. For the second straight week, Mike Zimmer's team blew a two-score lead in the final minutes against an inferior opponent, and for the second straight week, Minnesota managed to survive an epic near-collapse. Greg Joseph set off a celebration with a long field goal in Week 5; on Sunday, it was Kirk Cousins' 27-yard dime to K.J. Osborn to seal a 34-28 overtime win over the Panthers. The Vikings are strange. They feel like a team that can beat anyone ... or lose to anyone. As such, 3-3 feels about right heading into their bye. Minnesota is inconsistent, maddening ... and intriguing.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

They've won two straight to get to 3-3 after beating the Panthers in overtime. The offense got back on track after a few so-so games, which is a good sign.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

They've returned to relevance after winning three of four. They could graduate to legitimately dangerous once a running game that has the fewest TDs (2) in the league starts humming.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

Rookie Heat Check: Offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw made his first NFL start against the Panthers, who entered the game with the league's fifth-most sacks, and was nearly perfect. On 52 pass-blocking snaps, Darrisaw conceded only one pressure. The groin injury that required an August surgery didn't seem to bother Darrisaw on Sunday or last week, when he was rotated in. Coach Mike Zimmer is well known for preferring to play more seasoned players over rookies, but if Darrisaw continues to perform as he did Sunday at left tackle, there should be no question about his inclusion in the starting rotation.

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