Things could’ve gone better for the Vikings in Week 1.
Mike Zimmer’s revamped defense surrendered 43 points and 522 yards to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and a late surge from the Vikings’ offense wasn’t enough to ever truly threaten a comeback (the 43-34 final score suggests the game was much closer than it really was). This team has more than enough talent to bounce back and go on to a successful season, but they have to make improvements and do so quickly.
After ranking between seventh and 19th in national pre-Week 1 power rankings, let’s take a look at how far the Vikings fell in the ranks this week.
SI.com MMQB: No. 15 (Down 2 spots)
Last week, SI’s six voters ranked the Vikings between No. 6 and No. 19, with an average of 13th. This week, Mitch Goldich handled the power ranks by himself and put the Vikings