The 2022 Vikings, According to National Power Rankings: Week 2

The Hitman Shall Return
Jul 27, 2022; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) runs out onto the field at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Each week, VikingsTerritory catalogs the Minnesota Vikings placement in national power rankings. Eleven sources are vetted, detailed, and plopped here for reference.

The Vikings demoralized the Packers on Sunday, downing the foe 23-7 to start the 2022 campaign. Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Za’Darius Smith, and Harrison Smith headlined the event, creating game-changing plays to defeat Green Bay.

Vikings Win vs. Packers Shouldn't Be a Surprise
Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) gets helped off the field after his interception against the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

Minnesota now has around 23:1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2022 — a wild spike from 36:1 a week ago. Sportsbooks, pundits, and NFL fans took notice of Minnesota’s Week 1 performance as if to say, “Wow, these guys will be good after all.”

Per EPA/Play, the Vikings own the NFL’s fourth-best offense and seventh-best defense after Week 1. Minnesota’s Week 2 opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, also won in Week 1, surviving the Detroit Lions by a score of 38-35.

These are the Vikings weekly power rankings heading into Week 2.

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Vikings Power Rankings

Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings place kicker Greg Joseph. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

The national average of these totals is 9.09. The world believes the Vikings are the NFL’s 9th-best team. Last week, Minnesota was 18th via all averages.

Yahoo Sports said about Minnesota following Week 1, “The Vikings are about to be a problem this season.”

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).