NFL Power Rankings: Experts Rank Vikings After Defeating the Cardinals

The Vikings are now 3-2-1 and getting set to travel to MetLife Stadium in Week 7 against the New York Jets.

Minnesota defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-17 at home on Sunday.

Experts from across the internet updated their power rankings, heading into the Vikings Week 7 matchup.

Rank: 6

Last Week’s Rank: 9 – NFL.com, Elliot Harrison

No, Kirk Cousins can't dance. Not unless you think Michael Madsen can really cut a rug. Cousins can throw the football, though, well enough to be paid every cent the Wilfs forked over to sign him. Oh, and Cousins can run for touchdowns, too. Even on a day that was far from Cousins' most prolific, with the passing game enduring a few hiccups, Minnesota converted five third downs against the Cardinals, while Arizona converted none. That's because the Vikes ran up and down the field, with 155 yards from Latavius Murray and 195 overall on just 32 carries. Six yards per, kids.

Rank: 10

Last Week’s Rank: 11 – ESPN.com

Playoff chances: 54 percent. The Kirk Cousins-to-Adam Thielen connection has been a major reason for the Vikings' success. Thielen leads the league with 58 receptions and 712 receiving yards. The last Viking to lead the league in receptions was Cris Carter in 1994, and no Viking has ever led the league in receiving yards. -- Shah

Rank: 5

Last Week’s Rank: 6 – YAHOO! Sports, Frank Schwab

Latavius Murray was fantastic in a 155-yard day on Sunday. It says something about the depth of the Vikings that they can be without Dalvin Cook, and can just plug in someone like Murray.

Rank: 8

Last Week’s Rank: 11 – Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Now that they’ve found their running game, the Vikings could be ready to make a run.

Rank: 5

Last Week’s Rank: 8 - Bleacher Report Staff

The Minnesota Vikings managed to avoid a repeat of the Buffalo debacle of a few weeks ago. The team did what it needed to do and got a 10-point win against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.

But beating arguably the worst team in the league by 10 points at home doesn't inspire a ton of confidence.

It was an uneven showing from a group that was supposed to be among the best in the NFL entering the season. Kirk Cousins passed for just 233 yards and turned it over twice—including a fumble that was returned for a score.

Davenport wasn't especially impressed by what he saw from the Vikings in Week 6:

"I keep waiting for a complete effort from this team, but this 60-minute sleepwalk certainly wasn't it. This is the second time this year that Minny has looked all kinds of blah at home against a lousy team. And it's getting a lot harder for me to imagine this team beating the Rams or Saints."

We'll find out soon enough—in two weeks, New Orleans comes to U.S. Bank Stadium.

Rank: 6

Last Week’s Rank: 9 – Sporting News, Vinnie Iyer

The Vikings kept balling with Kirk Cousins and their defense, but it was a good development to get the rushing attack going without Dalvin Cook. They’re looking like a better version of their 2017 selves again.

Rank: 9

Last Week’s Rank: 12 – Nate Davis, USA TODAY Sports

They scored their first rushing TDs of season Sunday ... and we only just learned what we'd been missing with Kirk Cousins' celebrations.

Rank: 5

Last Week’s Rank: 7 – Sports Illustrated, MMQB Staff

It took six games to see any semblance of a rushing attack, and if that keeps up it could be an enormous complement to a potent passing game.

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