NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Up a Few Spots Following Victory

The Vikings are on to Week 6 of the 2019 season.

Minnesota had a convincing victory over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

The Vikings will look to win their third game at home in as many tries this season on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The experts released their Power Rankings lists heading into Week 6.

Here’s a look at where the Vikings rank:

16 (Up 3 Spots): Dan Hanzus – NFL.com

Kirk Cousins … targeted his No. 1 receiver [Adam Thielen] eight times against the Giants, and Thielen responded with seven catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-10 win. It was part of an important bounce-back effort for the Minnesota offense, which piled up nearly 500 yards a week after a Week 4 meltdown against the Bears. Cousins found great success in play action, an element of the offense that had been all but invisible during Minnesota's early-season funk. Dalvin Cook — who absolutely deserves way-too-early MVP consideration — accounted for 218 yards (132 rushing, 86 receiving) in his latest fantasy masterpiece. The Vikes' defense also showed up, holding New York to 211 yards of total offense.

12 (Up 1 Spot): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports

We shouldn’t be negative after a win. However, “Kirk Cousins plays well against bad team and Vikings win” isn’t exactly a shocking headline. The Vikings didn’t give him $84 million to tear up the Giants secondary. But, at least this week should be smoother in Minnesota.

18 (Up 1 Spot): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

Maybe the passing game should be challenged on a weekly basis. Kirk Cousins had one of his best games against the Giants. Here comes a big one with the Eagles.

16 (Up 1 Spot): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report

Week 5 Result: Won at New York Giants 28-10

It was a drama-filled week for the Minnesota Vikings. There was talk of a rift between quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Adam Thielen. Rumors that wideout Stefon Diggs wanted a trade.

On Sunday, that was all put to rest. Cousins had easily his best game of the season in New York, lighting up the Giants for 306 yards and two scores — both to Thielen.

However, before we declare Minnesota's up-and-down passing attack A-OK, it's worth noting that the Giants rank 28th in the NFL in pass defense.

This week's home date with the Philadelphia Eagles (and the trip to Detroit that comes after) should provide a truer test for the team. And with the Packers rolling, Minnesota can't afford to stumble.

14 (Down 1 Spot): MMQB Staff – Sports Illustrated

Kirk Cousins finally used his disgruntled receiving corps with some measure of success, prompting a miraculous, completely earnest postgame change of heart from Stefon Diggs.

10 (Up 2 Spots): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News

The Vikings are happy on offense again after taking it to the Giants with Kirk Cousins dishing to Adam Thielen and handing off often to Dalvin Cook. As for Stefon Diggs, he should get his turn soon . The passing game has opened up again, and a key matchup against the Eagles and their depleted secondary is next.

9 (Up 3 Spots): Nate Davis – USA TODAY Sports

A get-right game was nice, but no team throwing less often. How does that jibe with diva tendencies creeping into Mike Zimmer's locker room?

14 (Same Spot) Courtney Cronin – ESPN.com

[Kyle Rudolph, a] nine-year veteran tight end, didn't think his main responsibility would be blocking when he signed a lucrative contract extension in June, but that has been Rudolph's primary role, as his targets have shrunk significantly in 2019. He has had exactly one pass thrown his way in each of the past three games, and he doesn't possess value as a red zone threat to fantasy owners as he once did. We expected Rudolph's role in the passing game to decrease with a shift to a more run-oriented attack, but where it is right now is somewhat staggering.

14 (tie) (Up 7 Spots) Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

Beat the Raiders, lose to the Bears.

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