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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Drop Slightly After Seattle Loss

The Vikings did just about everything right in Seattle, but couldn't come away with a win against the Seahawks.

Minnesota has now turned its full attention to Atlanta, with the 0-5 Falcons coming to town this weekend.

Here's a look at where the 1-4 Vikings rank before Week 6:

No. 19 (down 2 spots): Dan Hanzus – NFL.com

The Vikings did just about everything right on Sunday night, but they couldn't close out the Seahawks in a 27-26 loss that will haunt them. The game's final two minutes were harrowing: Minnesota failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from Seattle's 6-yard line, then could do nothing to stop Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf as Seattle marched 94 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Minnesota held the ball for nearly 40 minutes and showed resilience in regaining control of a game that seemed to slip away when Seattle scored three touchdowns in 1:53 of play in the third quarter. In effect, the Vikings controlled 55 of the contest's 60 minutes and still got beat. It's almost impossible.

No. 20 (down 1 spots): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports

It's easy to criticize Mike Zimmer after the fact for going for it on fourth down. It didn't work, and Russell Wilson drove downfield to beat them. It wasn't a bad decision to go for it. He should have maybe run a quarterback sneak, which is practically automatic. Later in the game, he absolutely should have used his timeouts when Seattle's offense got inside the 20-yard line. That's an egregious clock management error. But going for it, trying to keep the ball away from Wilson, was not a mistake.

No. 24 (down 1 spot): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

They are 1-4 and in big trouble, but they played well at Seattle. The Dalvin Cook injury isn't a good thing for the run-based offense.

No. 20 (down 2 spots): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report

The 2020 season has been filled with disappointments for the Minnesota Vikings. And Week 5 brought with it the biggest one to date.

With two minutes to go in the game and the Vikings nursing a five-point lead, Minnesota faced a 4th-and-1 deep in Seattle territory. Rather than kick a field goal to go up eight, Minnesota Head Coach Mike Zimmer elected to try to go for it and salt the game.

Running back Alexander Mattison was stopped short of the line to gain. The Seahawks took over and drove the length of the field for the game-winning touchdown, and the Vikings already dwindling playoff chances were dealt another sizable blow.

No. 16 (up 2 spots): MMQB Staff – Sports Illustrated

Sometimes you put together the perfect game plan, execute it well, make all the right situational decisions … and you come up short because your guy slipped and picked the wrong hole on fourth-and-inches, while their guy plucked a rainbow up the sideline despite being well-covered on fourth-and-10. Or because sometimes the football gods just decide they'd like to point and laugh at you. Sorry, Mike Zimmer.

No. 22 (same spot): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News

The Vikings are trying to duct tape their young defense with zone heavy approach combined with blitzing, and it's working a little better. Unfortunately, despite the offense's rushing dominance, they are making a few too many mistakes there.

No. 22 (down 2 spots): Nate Davis – USA TODAY Sports

They needed 1 yard on fourth down deep in Seattle territory to notch huge road win. Didn't get it. Whatever. Mike Zimmer made right call.

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No. 21 (same spot): Courtney Cronin – ESPN.com

Minnesota is getting great play out of tackles Riley Reiff and Brian O'Neill, but its pass protection on the interior of the offensive line remains an issue. The Vikings rank 22nd in pass block win rate and can't establish an effective dropback game because of it. In Seattle on Sunday, Kirk Cousins got hit nearly every time he released the football out of the shotgun in the second half. The QB's third-quarter fumble after being sacked (a turnover that allowed Seattle to score two plays later) was the direct result of porous pass protection.

No. 25 (same spot): Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

They squandered their best chance to beat Seattle, without an assist from Blair Walsh.

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