Vikings Fans Will Love Latest ESPN NFL Power Rankings

Minnesota Vikings fans will love ESPN's latest NFL power rankings.
Minnesota Vikings fans will love ESPN's latest NFL power rankings. / Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports
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The last two seasons have been full of missed opportunities for the Minnesota Vikings as they continue to finish just shy of a playoff berth. The pieces are in place to compete, though, and fans will be glad to see ESPN's latest NFL power rankings suggest a turnaround could be on the way in 2022.

Vikings Power Rankings

ESPN released a list compiled by its Football Power Index (FPI) rating and Minnesota checks in at No. 13. It's worth noting that is the sixth-highest ranking among NFC Teams and comes in above seven total squads that made the postseason in 2021, including the NFC runner-up San Francisco 49ers.

The Vikings issues have rarely been on offense given the fact that wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook headline a talented group of weapons. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is also coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he threw 33 touchdowns compared to just 7 interceptions.

Defense has long been Minnesota's downfall as of late, but moves were made in the offseason to improve the roster. Two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Za'Darius Smith was brought in a three-year deal and Georgia standout safety Lewis Cine was selected with the No. 32 overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.

This is still a team that averaged 362.8 total yards per game (No. 10 in NFL) and tallied 16 interceptions (T-No. 10 in NFL) in 2021. Hiring new head coach Kevin O'Connell could be the push Minnesota need to secure its first trip to the playoffs since 2019.

For now, the Vikings have odds set at +4000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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