We are now five weeks into the season, and even though a few teams have already had to suffer through a painstakingly gruesome bye-week, we have enough data to put out our first power ranking for the season. Unlike other power rankings you might find elsewhere on the net, these rankings make an effort to give each game of each week throughout the entire season equal value. Other sites will attempt to say that the team five weeks ago is different from the team today, and current games should get more value than those that have faded from memory. I think that it is too arrogant to make such an assumption, as each game paints a picture of what each team is made of throughout the entire season. In that light, as the season progresses, moves up and down the chart will be less noticeable as individual games will have less weight on the overall power that the team has already displayed.
Thanks in part to an embarrassing loss in week one to one of the lowest ranked teams on this list, you’ll see that the Vikings currently find themselves right in the middle of the league. On the positive side of this ranking is that all of the Vikings’ next five opponents are ranked below them. The Rams are sitting highest of those five teams, just two spots below the Vikings, but will be at a disadvantage as they will be visitors to a team that has proven to be much more effective on their home turf. Though they are ranked lower, Oakland currently looks to be the toughest of the next five match-ups with their homefield advantage proving strong whereas the other two road opponents (Chicago and Detroit) have thus-far performed very poorly on their own turf.
These next five games cannot be overlooked, but if the team plays as good as they ought to against them, they should come away with four or even five wins, building up some strong confidence heading into a difficult end of the season. It could easily build enough confidence to take out Green Bay the following week, who is currently only favored by 2.8 points. When that happens, this team will be firing on all cylinders and will be ready to lead a strong push into the playoffs.