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Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup: Week 5

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:04
by liny195
With their victory on Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles Ameer Abdullah Jersey , the Minnesota Vikings are back on the upswing in the Power Rankings across the internet. While we understand that Power Rankings aren’t gospel, or anything even approaching it, it is kind of interesting to see where the various pundits across these vast interwebs have our favorite football team ranked compared to the rest of the National Football League.So, how far up the rankings have the Vikings climbed this week? Let’s take a spin around and find out.Associated Press: #9 (Last week: #14)No Vikings-centric commentary from the AP this week.MMQB, Sports Illustrated: #7 (Last week: #10)SB Nation: #10 (Last week: #12)No Vikings-centric commentary from the mothership this week.Walter Cherepinsky, Walter Football: #12 (Last week: #15)Look, it’s the same damn “overrated team” link that he’s had every other week. I won’t bore you with it.Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: #13 (Last week: #20)Elliot Harrison, #9 (Last week: #13)Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: #9 (Last week: #13)Bleacher Report: #8 (Last week: #8)Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: #11 (Last week: #17)ESPN: #11 (Last week: #13)Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports: #6 (Last week: #13)USA Today: #12 (Last week: #17)Yes, it’s quite a significant swing upwards for our favorite football team, folks. The purple moved upwards in 11 of the 12 rankings that we use to put together our roundup, and stayed even in the one where they didn’t move up.The average ranking for the Vikings after falling to 1-2-1 last week was sitting at 13.75. With their big win on Sunday. . .a win that might have saved their season. . .they’re now back to being a Top 10 team with an average ranking of 9.75.Here is the graphic representation of the rankings so that you can check out the rise and fall throughout the first five weeks of the season. As always Danielle Hunter Jersey , you may click to embiggen.It would be nice to think that the Vikings have bottomed out as far as potential low points this season are concerned. However, we don’t have to look back that far to remember that neither the Vikings nor any other NFL team can take anything for granted in a given week.We’ll be right back here in the same place again next week for another Power Rankings Roundup! The Minnesota Vikings sprinted out of the gate on Sunday afternoon against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium, and finished with a flourish as well.(We’ll ignore the middle part, pretty much.)A 21-point first quarter and a 17-point fourth quarter, coupled with a suffocating performance from the Minnesota defense gave the Vikings a huge 41-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium.The Vikings got off to a very fast start, as they scored touchdowns on their first three possessions. The first one saw Kirk Cousins connect with Stefon Diggs for a 13-yard touchdown to give the Vikings an early 7-0 lead.On their next possession, the Vikings got the running game into the act, as Dalvin Cook found the end zone from 13 yards out, extending the Minnesota lead to 14-0.To top off the quarter, the Vikings got their other running back into the end zone as well, as Latavius Murray rambled in from 18 yards out to give the Vikings a big 21-0 lead before the first fifteen minutes had elapsed.The Dolphins chipped away at the lead after that, as they got a big 50-yard pick six from rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick near the end of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 21-7, and a field goal from Jason Sanders to make it 21-10 going into the locker room at halftime.Another rookie, running back Kalen Ballage, made a huge play for the Dolphins Eric Kendricks Jersey , as he broke off a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter to cut the Minnesota lead to 21-17. Both offenses sort of stalled after that, as the Vikings got a 36-yard field goal from Dan Bailey in the third quarter and one in the opening minutes in the fourth quarter to increase their lead to 27-17.Minnesota got a huge play midway through the fourth quarter, as Cousins found a streaking Aldrick Robinson for a 40-yard strike to make the score 34-17.After stopping the Dolphins on a fourth down deep in their own territory, Cook found his way into the end zone again on this beautiful 21-yard run to make the score 41-17.That was how this one ended after the Vikings stopped the Dolphins on yet another fourth down late.The Vikings’ defense was a huge part of this victory for Minnesota, as they sacked Ryan Tannehill nine times on the afternoon. Anthony Barr and Danielle Hunter each tallied a pair of takedowns, while Tom Johnson, Eric Kendricks, Everson Griffen, Mackensie Alexander, and Tom Johnson each had one of their own.Cousins had a mediocre day, completing just 14-of-21 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He came out hot early, cooled off considerably during the middle portions of the game, and then had the great throw to Robinson for the touchdown in the fourth quarter.On the receiving side Trae Waynes Jersey , your yardage leader was actually rookie tight end Tyler Conklin, who had a pair of grabs that tallied 53 yards. Stefon Diggs actually led the team in catches with four, putting up 49 yards and a touchdown. Aldrick Robinson had two grabs for 44 yards and a score, and Kyle Rudolph had three catches for 23 yards. Adam Thielen was limited in this one, hauling in just two catches for 19 yards.Offensively, however, this game belonged to Dalvin Cook. He carried the ball 19 times on the afternoon for 136 yards and a pair of scores, as well as picking up a 27-yard reception. Latavius Murray carried 14 times for 61 yards and a score of his own on the afternoon.The victory takes the Vikings to a record of 7-6-1 on the season, still firmly in control of their postseason destiny, and they’ll travel to take on the Detroit Lions next Sunday. The Dolphins fall to 7-7, damaging their playoff hopes greatly, and they’ll host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday afternoon.The Minnesota Vikings get a desperately needed victory, blowing out the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium by a final score of 41-17 in Week 15 NFL action. Thank you to everyone that got their coverage of this week’s game right here at The Daily Norseman!