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:
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.