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NFL Power Rankings: Where Do Vikings Land After Bye?

The Vikings have returned to Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center after their bye week.

Minnesota is 1-5 and will face 5-1 Green Bay on Sunday. Kickoff from Lambeau Field is at noon (CT).

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

No. 26 (up 1 spot): Dan Hanzus – NFL.com

When the Vikings acquired Yannick Ngakoue via trade in late August, it was a clear signal the organization was going all-in on a Super Bowl run. His trade last week tells us management now sees the 2020 Vikings as broken beyond repair, a 1-5 team that's as bad as its last-place record indicates. Regaining draft capital for a veteran on an expiring contract makes sense, even if it puts Head Coach Mike Zimmer in the difficult position of motivating a locker room that knows the bosses are already looking ahead to 2021 with 10 games to play.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Packers.

No. 26 (same spot): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports

The Vikings put on a happy face and said they're still trying to win, but the trade of Yannick Ngakoue should start a fire sale. It wouldn't make much sense to trade Ngakoue and not others. It will be an interesting week for the Vikings.

No. 27 (down 1 spot): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

They come off their bye seemingly in a look-to-the-future mode after trading Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens. The defense also won't have pass rusher Danielle Hunter the rest of the way, which means a lot of high-scoring games.

No. 27 (down 1 spot): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Vikings threw in the towel.

In August, the Vikings sent two picks to the Jaguars for edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue. With Danielle Hunter placed on Injured Reserve with a neck injury before the start of the season, Ngakoue was going to anchor a pass rush that would hopefully help get the Vikes back in the postseason.

Last week, with Minnesota mired at 1-5 and the playoffs looking like a pipe dream, the Vikings dealt Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens for two draft selections.

That's the kind of year it's been in the Twin Cities.

No. 25 (up 1 spot): Conor Orr (The MMQB) – Sports Illustrated

I'd like to see the Vikings sell off a bit at the trade deadline. Mike Zimmer is a good coach who isn't going anywhere and they deserve some capital after years of picking toward the back of the pack.

No. 27 (down 3 spots): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News

The Vikings needed a bye to regroup defensively and get Dalvin Cook back healthy. Kirk Cousins should also clean up some things. They face a stretch of three must-win division games, starting against the Packers in Green Bay.

No. 26 (same spot): Nate Davis – USA TODAY Sports

Wondering who their starting defensive ends are the rest of the way? Try Jalyn Holmes and Ifeadi Odenigbo. They've combined for 2.5 sacks in 2020.

No. 24 (up 1 spot): Courtney Cronin – ESPN.com

[Kirk Cousins] was brutally honest after throwing three interceptions in the first half of Minnesota's fifth loss of the season. "The reality is, if the pace I'm on in terms of the interceptions, if that were to continue, I won't finish the season," Cousins said. He is tied for the league lead in interceptions (10) after throwing just six last season. If Cousins' poor play continues, the Vikings will need to make a decision about his future. Yes, it would be financially catastrophic to move on from the QB who has two years (basically guaranteed) left on his contract, but if Minnesota is going to try to rebuild and Cousins continues to play poorly, his status will be debated.

No. 27 (up 1 spot): Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

Hey, Vikings, take next week off, too.

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