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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings in Late 20s Entering Bye Week

The Vikings have reached their bye week with a disappointing 1-5 record after Sunday's home loss to the previously winless Falcons.

Minnesota will rest up this weekend before traveling to Green Bay in Week 8 for its first divisional road game of 2020.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of November 23, 2020.

Here's a look at where the Vikings rank before Week 7:

No. 27 (down 8 spots): Dan Hanzus – NFL.com

We wondered if the Vikings would get off the mat after that stomach-punch loss to the Seahawks on Sunday night of Week 5. Nope. They barely showed up in Week 6 and limped out of their own building after a 40-23 whipping by the previously winless Falcons. Following the loss, a game in which Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions for the second time in six weeks, the quarterback acknowledged he's playing at a level that could get him benched. It makes you wonder if General Manager Rick Spielman is experiencing buyer's remorse on that two-year extension handed to Cousins back in March. On a bye now, a trip to Lambeau Field in Week 8 looms as a potential knockout punch.

No. 26 (down 6 spots): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports

Well, the Vikings are bad. But we might be watching something special with Justin Jefferson. Heading into Monday's games, he was third in the NFL in receiving yards despite barely playing the first two weeks. Again, why was he playing behind [Bisi] Johnson the first two weeks?

No. 26 (down 2 spots): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

The defense isn't good, which puts more pressure on the offense and Kirk Cousins isn't playing well enough for that. It's going to be a long season.

No. 26 (down 6 spots): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report

So, this is what rock bottom looks like.

In Week 5, the Vikings gave the undefeated Seattle Seahawks all they could handle before falling by one point on the road. In Week 6, they played host to the winless Atlanta Falcons and completely fell apart.

The Falcons raced out to a 20-0 halftime lead and led 33-7 in the second half. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 343 yards, but the performance was defined more by his three interceptions than his garbage-time touchdown passes. With Dalvin Cook sidelined by a groin injury, the Vikings managed only 32 rushing yards and 2.5 yards per carry.

At 1-5, a Vikings team that entered the 2020 season with Super Bowl aspirations is now all alone in last place in the NFC North. There will undoubtedly be calls for the firing of Head Coach Mike Zimmer as the Vikings head into their bye week.

And with a trip to Lambeau Field to play an angry Packers team that has already beaten the Vikings once this year coming up in Week 8, there's little reason to think things are going to improve any time soon.

No. 26 (down 10 spots): MMQB Staff – Sports Illustrated

The Vikings have mercifully arrived at their bye week at an ugly 1–5, a mark that includes three games they weren't really in and two soul-crushing one-point losses. Which type of loss would you rather your team suffer? Well, the answer certainly isn't, "Both!" They need to figure things out right now and save their season in a stretch against all three NFC North rivals right in a row. But it's hard to have any confidence that one of the league's most disappointing teams in 2020 can actually pull that off.

No. 24 (down 2 spots): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News

What was that? When Kirk Cousins turns over the ball multiple times and the Vikings dig themselves a big hole, they're not built to get out of it, because they get away from their running game strengths to protect the defense. With the Packers and Bears rolling, the Vikings can stick a fork in their playoff hopes.

No. 25 (down 4 spots): Courtney Cronin – ESPN.com

No question [the most impactful injury is Danielle] Hunter, who suffered a herniated disc in practice on Aug. 14 and hasn't done any football-related activity since. Even though the Vikings were optimistic Hunter's IR stay would be brief, they knew his injury could keep him out six to eight weeks. It led them to trade for Yannick Ngakoue under the guise that they'd have the league's top pass-rushing duo when it was clearly a move pulled off to aid the defensive line while Hunter sat out. The Vikings defense is dealing with injuries everywhere, but Hunter's is the most significant for a defense that has been historically bad throughout much of 2020.

No. 28 (down 3 spots): Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

Kirk Cousins thinks he'll be benched if he keeps throwing interceptions. He'd have to throw a lot of interceptions to be benched for Sean Mannion.

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