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NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Hang Steady Despite Week 2 Loss

The Vikings remain winless after a crushing one-point loss in Week 2 to the Cardinals.

Minnesota is now set for its home opener Sunday against Seattle. Kickoff is at 3:25 p.m. (CT) Sunday.

Here's a look at where the Vikings rank heading into Week 3:

No. 24 (same spot): Dan Hanzus –

The line between 2-0 and 0-2 in the NFL can be painfully thin. The Vikings know that all too well. In Week 1, fortunes turned on a Dalvin Cook fumble in overtime. Sunday was even worse: Greg Joseph pushed a 37-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired to seal an excruciating 34-33 loss to the Cardinals. "It's a perfect surface," Zimmer lamented afterward. "I'm thinking, This should be an easy one here." Nothing is easy for Minnesota, of course, especially when it comes to kickers. It's a 17-game haul, which means there's still plenty of time for the Vikings to right their ship. But back-to-back heartbreakers like this can alter an entire season. Gut-check time has already arrived.

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

No. 26 (down 1 spot): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports

The NFL can be cruel. The Vikings gave up a fourth-and-inches completion to lose in overtime of Week 1. They had a 37-yard field goal to win in Week 2. If they're 1-0-1, they probably are feeling pretty good. Now, they might be wondering if Mike Zimmer is on the hot seat.

No. 26 (same spot): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports

That was a tough way to lose a game against Arizona, losing on a missed field goal on the final play. At 0-2, they have a big hole to dig out of going forward.

No. 25 (same spot): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report

Sure, the Minnesota Vikings blew a 20-7 lead Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and missed a 37-yard field goal that would have won the game at the end of regulation. Sure, the Vikings are 0-2. But Head Coach Mike Zimmer said after the game that he's actually encouraged by the team's start to the season.

"I think today was encouraging, honestly, about the heart that we played with today, and the fight that we played with today," Zimmer said. "If we play like that, we'll win a lot of games. They may all come down to like this, like the last two have. As long as we do that, we keep fighting and keep trying to get better, and keep working together, sticking together as a football team, then I think we've got a chance."

Zimmer's right that the team has a chance. Per Will Ragatz of Inside the Vikings, since 1990, 30 teams that started 0-2 made the postseason. Three won the Super Bowl.

But those 30 playoff teams were from 258 squads (11.6 percent). The Vikings have started the season 0-2 14 times in franchise history.

They made the postseason after that 0-2 start just once, back in 2008.

No. 24 (same spot): Mitch Goldich – Sports Illustrated

One thing doing this exercise has reinforced is that I actually think there are a bunch of really good teams, and also a bunch of average teams, and it takes a while before you get to the really bad ones. Watching the Vikings, I don't think, "Oh, that's the 24th best team in the league." But then looking at where to put them, this is where I landed. But outside of having a few playmakers who are fun to watch, I just can't get excited about the general direction this team is headed in. Even though they are a couple of bounces away from being 2-0! Our brains are weird.

No. 26 (down 3 spots): Vinnie Iyer – Sporting News

The optimist would say the Vikings should be 2-0 with better game-finishing and kicking fortunes. The pessimist would say this part of their underachieving identity under Mike Zimmer. The offense will keep doing its part, but the special teams and defense might be too difficult to overcome.

No. 25 (down 1 spot): Nate Davis – USA TODAY Sports

Mike Zimmer called last season's defense the "worst" he'd ever coached, but this year's unit is threatening to lower the bar. The Vikings have allowed at least 24 points in nine consecutive games.

No. 26 (down 1 spot): Courtney Cronin –

Note: ESPN looked at a surprise fantasy player for each team. ESPN Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin went with wide receiver K.J. Osborn.

As of Week 2, Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn was only rostered in 1.1% of fantasy leagues. After the way he has played in Minnesota's first two games, those who play daily fantasy or are in deep leagues might want to snatch him up. The second-year wideout has snap counts consistent with what's expected from a WR3 in Minnesota's offense and early production to boot. Through two games, Osborn is averaging 13.9 yards per catch on 12 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. In years past, the Vikings struggled to establish a third WR behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson and, previously, behind Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Osborn has emerged as that guy in Minnesota.

No. 24 (down 1 spot): Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk

The best 0-2 team in the league is still 0-2.