Power Rankings

4-weeks into the season and it’s time for the first Power Ranking.  Other sites that do power rankings like to give excuses for teams and raise or lower certain favorites along their board, and make a majority of their rankings based on their feelings about a team.  That’s not the way we do it here.  On vikingsfootballblog.com, all rankings are based purely on the most important statistics of any game, the final score.  The closest thing to an “excuse” in these numbers is that they’re adjusted based on how good the opponents have done against other teams.  This makes complete sense though, because if a team is playing against a poor defense, they should put up more points, and if they’re playing against a poor offense, they should allow fewer.  It just makes sense, and it still stays strict to a predefined formula.

For the Vikings, they’ve done better than the average team offensively, scoring an average of 4-points more than other teams have against the same opponents.  That makes them the 7th best offense in the NFL – not too shabby for a group that is coached by the same guy who won the first of this season’s DBotW awards.  Defensively, it’s another story.  The team has given up a lot of points at the end of the first half and the end of the game, and is giving up an average of almost 7-points more than other teams have against the same opponents.  That makes them the 4th-WORST defense in all of the NFL.  On the Positive side, the Packers are still doing even worse on defense, giving up 8.5 points more than other teams and sitting pretty as the 2nd-worst defense in the entire league.  Overall though, the Vikings are still at the bottom of the division in the power rankings, which should be no surprise based on the end result of each game in the first quarter of the season.

View the list below to see where every NFL team falls on the power ranking scale following week 4:

32 JAGUARS
31 GIANTS
30 RAMS
29 STEELERS
28 REDSKINS
27 EAGLES
26 CARDINALS
25 BUCCANEERS
24 RAIDERS
23 JETS
22 VIKINGS
21 49ERS
20 BROWNS
19 FALCONS
18 BENGALS
17 TEXANS
16 BILLS
15 PACKERS
14 CHARGERS
13 BEARS
12 COWBOYS
11 DOLPHINS
10 RAVENS
9 LIONS
8 TITANS
7 PATRIOTS
6 CHIEFS
5 COLTS
4 PANTHERS
3 SAINTS
2 SEAHAWKS
1 BRONCOS

You may have noticed that our next match-up is against the team that is currently #4 on this list.  That could be deadly for the Vikings, but they have the advantage of it being a home game with a team that needs to get its fans back on their side.  The Panthers currently have the best defense in all the NFL, and a slightly worse than average offense, so the game should turn out to be very interesting.

156 comments on “Power Rankings

  1. Bones require 6 weeks to heal to the point where they can withstand your typical daily stress. Being hammered by 320# linemen is NOT your typical daily stress.

    At the 8-week point of healing, you’re good to go for sports (in the rational world).

  2. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings fans will pay an average of $2,500 for the right to buy a season ticket in the team’s new stadium.

    The seat licenses are part of contracts negotiated with the team and made public Thursday. The licenses will be required for three-quarters of the stadium’s 65,000 seats.

    The seat licenses could start as low as $500 and will range up to $10,000. Fans who pay them off within three years won’t pay interest.

    The licenses are part of two key stadium development agreements. Those agreements don’t cap what the Vikings can charge for the tickets themselves.

    Gov. Mark Dayton had warned the Vikings against excessive seat-license costs. He says he doesn’t like licenses but the state had to make a deal.

  3. Irish, we have to make choices– start tutoring music — don’t wait till the end of your degree. Do you know when you teach something, your own knowledge increases? It would strengthen your study and improve your scores — seriously. And why wait till the degree comes? Be strategic– start now so you have some experience to boast of on your resume or CV to compliment your degree– education alone is not enough. Experience always trumps education– at least here in the states.

  4. If the Vikings play Cassel the next two games, we could be at .500. What will Frazier do? My money is that he will play Cassel because the Wilfs want to win– did you see the fine Zygi got for racketeering? WOW.

  5. You never know, though— this may be the best thing for Ponder. He has shown he has the parts– they just show up at different times. Maybe now that he has to earn his spot, he will study film and stop laughing on the sidelines.

    • I agree– not big on signing Freeman, but I liked the part in the article on Ponder needs three or four games to recuperate. If Cassel lights it up, Ponder will get serious and maybe respond to the wake-up call? Or put his MBA to use.

      • I dont think we should sign freeman,he would have to sit on the bench until next year because he would have to learn our playbook and find chemistry with the WR’s,then he would have to work on timing routes with the WR’s.I’m 50/50 on it

      • Ponder needs 3-4 more weeks just as much as Harvin needed the rest of the season to heal up. Frazier sees that Cassel has the better odds of success, but management doesn’t want to come out and say that. Ponder will heal up just in time to take over once Cassel starts showing he’s no good either.

  6. “Keith Urban Neckwear” – Nova that is genius!

    Freeman has all the athletic talent to succeed in the NFL he just can’t read a defense or make good decisions. He’s like a confident Tarvaris Jackson. He’ll throw those balls it’ll just be to the other team…

    I’m getting really pissed about the seat prices for the new stadium. It’s exactly what I was discussing in my essay discussed earlier entitled ‘Urban Neckwear and the Rise of the Elite’. Why does the stadium seat so few people? Should of built a bigger stadium or ticket prices are just gonna keep going up!

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