Well, with one play in the books, it was time to rotate around the National Football League and see where the Minnesota Vikings ranked in the league hierarchy.
Exactly, it's time for the first installment of the 2019 Power Rankings Roundup and making a profit, the Vikings are one of a number of teams that seem to be booming. How much? Well, let's look around and find out.
Dan Hansus, NFL.com: # 7 (previous rank: # 12)
Quite a perfect start to the Vikings season. A stifling defense punishing ground game, and Kirk Cousins asked to be a facilitator, not a hero. The Cousins threw just 10 passes against the Falcons as Minnesota advanced to the final after beating 28-0 in the third quarter. The noise around Dalvin Cook this offseason was absolutely justified: The third year running back gained 111 yards and two sensors on 21 carries, much like the missing piece on Minnesota's offense. Reserve Alexander Mathison is also running for a goal for the Vikings team, which finished with 172 yards on the ground. Security Anthony Harris participated in D with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. This is a well balanced team that will make noise if it can stay healthy.
ESPN: # 9 (previous rank: # 12)
How the new one plays: While Dalvin Cook stole the show at the Vikings' 28-12 win over Atlanta, Mathison – third round pick – had six big runs in a game where he cut nine carries for 49 yards, including a run to the 1-yard line that set the score in Minnesota. "He has a chance to be a good complement to Dalvin," coach Mike Zimmer said. "It was nice to see."
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: # 8 (former rank: # 14)
The defense really dominated the Falcons, and Dalvin Cook was special. This is Mike Zimmer's formula for success.
Associated Press: # 7 (previous rank: # 11)
No comments from AP .
Bleacher Report: # 12 (Previous Ranking: # 16)
The Minnesota Vikings' quarterbacks only managed 89 passing yards against the Falcons. The $ 28 million man has attempted just 10 throws throughout the game, and yet the Vikings have been rolling.
Last year, Minnesota had one of the worst attacks in the league. But the Vikings drilled 172 yards and three 38-nose sensors against the Falcons, which took pressure off the cousins.
Minnesota's defense also deserves credit. Although the Vikings gave up 345 yards for offense, they forced three Falcon turnovers (including Matt Ryan's two picks) and fired Ryan four times.
"I'm still a little skeptical of these Vikings," Davenport said. "I doubt if this game script will last in the long run. But there's no denying that Minnesota got the start of the season it wanted. The question now is whether the Vikings can continue in Lambo next week.
Gagnon, on the other hand, is on board with the first approach.
"Love the new offensive approach from Minnesota," he said. "It may not be easy to essentially take the ball away from your big money, but the reality is that Kirk Cousins is better used in a low-pressure role and the Vikings seem to have crushing ingredients. We know they have the protection and if they can continue to earn it, it will be difficult in January. ”
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: # 8 (previous rank: # 11)
Finally, the Vikings figured out how to best use the Kirk Cousins. As little as possible.
USA Today: # 3 (previous rank: # 5)
Stifling defense and relentless play with QB Kirk Cousins almost in a complementary role – exactly the kind of team Mike Zimmer wants.
Vinnie Ayer, Sports News: # 7 (previous rank: # 12)
Mike Zimmer restores the identity he wants. Beat with insult, with Dalvin Cook and the running game behind a stronger line. Beat with the defense, with all your completed veterans playlists at every level. That probably makes the work of the Kirk Cousin much easier, doesn't it?
MMQB, Sports Illustrated: # 7 (previous rank: # 14)
Impressive win over Atlanta. Early deliberations with rival Packers divisions could set the tone for the North season.
Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sport: # 14 (previous rank: # 9)
Among all the titles in Week 1, the dominant performance of the Vikings was over. They destroyed the falcons on either side of the ball. Kirk Cousins only threw 10 times because the Vikings didn't need more. Maybe the Viking crowd just came a year too early. They looked as good as anyone outside New England in the first week.
You can see that there were quite a few significant hits from each of the ten. ,. yes, we have reduced the .outlets we use in our Power Rankings range this season. While the average Vikings entering the opening weekend was down to 12.1, they made a pretty big jump after winning. Now they have an average ranking of 7.7.
This is the overview of this week's power charts, people! We'll be back around the same hour next week to see the Vikings. , .hopefully. ,. climb still higher!