Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: Vikings Set For Another Drop

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Sports Illustrated Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: A Look Into The Future

Don Banks has his Power Rankings out at SI.com, and he’s got some pretty scathing words about the Vikings in his commentary. . .words that, sadly, are really pretty tough to argue with. Banks had the Vikings at number 21 last week, and this week’s loss has caused him to move Minnesota down to number 24.

If you look closely, you’ll see there’s been nothing fluky about Minnesota’s pathetic showing this season. The Vikings have yet to beat a team that owns more than five wins at this point, so it’s pretty clear they’ve consistently found their level in 2010. In even worse news, this is not a team poised for a big bounce-back year next season.

And he’s exactly right. . .Minnesota’s five victories have come over Detroit (four wins) Dallas (five wins), Arizona (four wins), Washington (five wins), and Buffalo (four wins). This team is going to finish either 5-11 or 6-10 themselves. . .because they’re going to get absolutely throttled in Philadelphia this Sunday night. . .and the season finale at Detroit isn’t the gimme that it’s been for the Vikings for the past few years or so, either.

This team is going to have a lot of roster turnover between 2010 and 2011. It’s going to be something to see, that’s for sure.

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Fox Sports Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: A Slight Move Down For Minnesota

Finally, somebody that hasn’t gone at least a little bit crazy. The folks at Fox Sports have moved the Vikings down a notch in their Power Rankings, slotting them down at number 26 this week after putting them 25th the week before.

However, the folks at Fox have not made their commentary centered on Brett Favre, but they’ve chosen an unusual target, in my opinion.

One of the biggest disappointments for the Vikings this season has to be their defense. And an even bigger mystery has been veteran DE Jared Allen’s drop-off in production.

See, this I don’t get. . .yes, Allen got off to an incredibly slow start this year, but has picked it up quite a bit in recent weeks, having gotten his sack total for the year up to 10.5. Granted, he might not match the 14.5 sacks he had in each of his first two years with Minnesota, but the entire defense has had a rough go of it this year, not just Allen. Honestly, with as many problems as the Minnesota defense has, a guy with 10.5 sacks is the least of their worries.

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CBS Sports Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: Prisco Less Crazy Than ESPN

As we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports. . .or whatever intern or trained monkey or whatever over there has been doing his Power Rankings. . .really hasn’t applied much in the way of logic and common sense to his rankings, moving the Vikings down when they should be going up and vice versa. So, his rankings for this week are probably the smartest ones he’s done in weeks.

No, he didn’t move the Vikings down from his ranking last week. . .but, then, he didn’t move them up, either, holding them steady at number 25.

The season of horrors got worse Monday night. What was Brett Favre doing trying to play? They have an interesting off-season coming up.

The off-season is going to be interesting, too? For crying out loud. . .after the past five months, I’m not sure if I can handle any more “interesting.” Can’t we just be dull and boring for a while instead?

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ESPN Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: Let The Madness Begin

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You know, I tell you good people the obvious. . .that the Vikings getting crushed by an opponent on Monday night in front of the entire country should be enough to get them moved down significantly in various Power Rankings around the league. Then, as soon as I start bringing you the results, these places set out to try to make a liar out of me.

This time, it’s ESPN. After having Minnesota at number 26 last week after they got thumped by the New York Giants, the four-letter has apparently decided that getting smashed by the Chicago Bears on your home turf is worth a two-spot rise in the Power Rankings, as they’ve moved the Vikings up to number 24 this week.

The commentary, once again, focuses on the obvious. . .so I’m right on that front so far.

Monday’s surprise entrance and quick exit against the Bears was bizarre, even by Brett Favre’s standards.

No, in an ordinary season, it would be bizarre. . .in the 2010 Minnesota Vikings’ season? It’s not even a blip on the radar.

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