The 2022 Vikings, According to All National Power Rankings: Week 4

The 2022 Vikings, According to All National Power Rankings: Week 4
Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-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 defeated the Detroit Lions in a rollercoaster Week 3 affair, 28-24. Minnesota took the lead with 45 seconds left — the only lead at all for the team since Week 1.

The Vikings Playoff Probability Meter: Week 4
Sep 25, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

Minnesota now has around 22:1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2022, improving a bit after toppling Detroit. The Vikings are 80-40-2 (.663) all-time versus the Lions.

Per EPA/Play, the Vikings own the NFL’s 15th-best offense and 18th-best defense after Week 3. Minnesota’s Week 4 opponent, the New Orleans Saints, sunk to 1-2 after a surprising loss at the Carolina Panthers.

These are the Vikings weekly power rankings heading into Week 4.

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The Former GM's Reaction to Vikings Rally over Lions
Sep 25, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

The national average of these totals is 9.8. The world believes the Vikings are about the NFL’s 9th- or 10th-best team. Last week, Minnesota was 11th-12th via all averages.

Vinnie Iyer from Sporting News aptly summarized the current state of the Vikings, “The Vikings have been a bit all over the place with their offensive identity with Kevin O’Connell with Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson cooling down after Week 1 and giving way more to the rushing attack. The 3-4 defense also will be a roller coaster. But they should take their start to the season as a positive with a pair of divisional wins now under their belts.”


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).