NFL Power Rankings: Experts Rank Vikings After Week 2

The Vikings are now 1-0-1 entering Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season.

Minnesota scored 22 points in the 4th quarter against the Packers in Week 2 to tie Green Bay 29-29.

Experts from across the internet updated their power rankings, heading into a Week 3 matchup against the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Rank: 3

Last Week’s Rank: 3 - NFL.com, Elliot Harrison

Incredible game at Lambeau on Sunday, win, lose or (ahem) tie. All those folks who doubted the wisdom of acquiring Kirk Cousins (or said the guy is supremely overrated) should do themselves a favor: Log onto nfl.com/gamepass, throw down some cold, hard plastic and re-watch Vikings-Packers. Pay special attention to the touchdown throw to Adam Thielen that brought the Vikings to within two, and then the perfect drop to Stefon Diggs for the two-point conversion. Daniel Carlson?Oy. Dan Bailey? Hi.

Power Rankings side note: Why, oh, why was Xavier Rhodes playing 7 yards off Davante Adamswith seven seconds to go ... knowing Aaron Rodgers was going to try a 4-yard pass to get Mason Crosby in closer for a game-winning field-goal attempt? Asking for a friend.

Rank: 6

Last Week’s Rank: 3 - ESPN.com

_Kirk Cousins__ became the first Vikings quarterback with 400 passing yards and four touchdowns in a game since Daunte Culpepper in 2004. He was 14-for-20 with 219 yards and 3 TDs in the fourth quarter and overtime after going 0-for-7 in the fourth quarter in Week 1. This was the first time since at least 2001 that the Vikings didn't lose when trailing by eight or more points in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. (They entered the game 0-76 in such situations since 2001.) _

Rank: 2

Last Week’s Rank: 1 - Yahoo Sports, Frank Schwab

The Rams taking their No. 1 spot is more a reflection of how dominant the Rams have been. There’s no shame in getting a tie at Lambeau Field, and the way Kirk Cousins played on Sunday should make the Vikings feel very good going forward.

Rank: 2

Last Week’s Rank: 1 - Bleacher Report Staff

_Week 2 Result: _Tied at Green Bay, 29-29

Yes, you read that right—another tie.

Some will likely argue that the Minnesota Vikings should count themselves lucky to have escaped Lambeau Field with even that. The Vikings trailed the Green Bay Packers, 20-7, before Kirk Cousins led a furious comeback that culminated in his fourth touchdown pass of the game with under a minute left.

However, the Vikings could have won this game. Should have won this game.

Rookie kicker Daniel Carlson had a pair of opportunities in overtime to first give Minnesota a lead and then win the game as the clock hit triple zeros. But from 49 and then 35 yards out, Carlson missed his second and third kicks of the game.

And thus, a sister was kissed.

The not-so-special special teams ruined a phenomenal outing from Cousins, who threw for 425 yards. Spoiled a chance for the Vikings to send a massage that they're the team to beat in the NFC.

And in the process may have exposed a weakness on Bleacher Report's No. 1 team entering the week.

Rank: 4

Last Week’s Rank: 1 - Sporting News, Vinnie Iyer

Kirk Cousins has added a lot more punch to the Vikings' offense, and he was key to their escaping with a tie at Lambeau Field. That’s like a division win for the NFC North favorites.

Rank: 4

Last Week’s Rank: 1 - SB Nation, Rebecca Toback

Rank: 5

Last Week’s Rank: 4 - Nate Davis, USA TODAY Sports

After seeing Clay Matthews rooked by refs and Aaron Rodgers limited against swarming D, tie feels bad — especially in tiebreaker department.

Rank: 4

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers played to a 29-all tie in Week 2 after they each scored Week 1 wins in their home openers. Minnesota took down the pesky San Francisco 49ers, while Green Bay came back from a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bears, who have one of the best defenses in the league with edge-rusher Khalil Mack in the mix.

Rank: 7

Last Week's Rank: 8

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