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Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: How Low Can The Minnesota Vikings Go?

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Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: CBS Sports Puts Vikings Second From Bottom

In another case of "well, the Vikings can't go down that much further," Pete Prisco from CBS Sports has moved Minnesota down one notch in his Week 4 NFL Power Rankings. That means that the Vikings now sit at #31 in his current poll, as they came in at number 30 last week.

In his commentary, Prisco channels his inner Jerry Seinfeld.

They've blown big leads in their first three games. How does that keep happening?

And what is the deal with airplane food?

Well, Pete, it keeps happening for a number of reasons. . .a lack of Adrian Peterson in the second half, Leslie Frazier not making terribly good adjustments after halftime, the offense not keeping drives extended and causing the defense to get worn out. Take your pick. . .they're all good answers.

The only team that Prisco has ranked lower than Minnesota? Their opponents this week, the Kansas City Chiefs. Given Mr. Prisco's track record. . .well, you can interpret that how you will.

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Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: Fox Sports Moves The Vikings Down Two Spots

Continuing the trend we've established thus far, we move on to the Week 4 NFL Power Rankings from Fox Sports. In this week's rankings, Fox Sports have moved Minnesota down two notches, which means they now reside at number 30 in their poll this week.

The commentary from Fox Sports has some very harsh words for the Vikings, too. . .but as harsh as the words are, they're tough to disagree or argue with.

How big must the halftime lead be before the Vikings don’t give it away? It’s been 17, 10 and now 20. That is the sign of a team that has zero confidence and very little heart.

They're pretty much exactly right on this, too. When you lead for approximately 173 out of 180 minutes of football through three games and wind up with zero wins, it shows that you don't have what it takes to finish. . .and, as we all know, how you finish is much more important than how you start in the National Football League. Hopefully this weekend against the winless Kansas City Chiefs (who sit at #32 in this week's Power Rankings at Fox Sports) the Purple can put together two complete halves of football.

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Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: ESPN Drops The Vikings Two Places

Our next trip around the Power Rankings takes us to Bristol, Connecticut, where the folks from ESPN have also not been kind to the Minnesota Vikings in their Week 4 NFL Power Rankings. Minnesota went down two notches from the week before, going from number 26 to number 28, according to the four-letter's network of football writers.

As always, the folks at ESPN provide amazingly insightful commentary with their rankings, and their commentary on the Vikings is no exception.

If the Vikings were a closer in baseball, they'd be sent to the minors.

That bit of insight was provided by John "Shecky" Clayton, ladies and gentlemen. He also wanted me to pass along that he would like you to tip your veal and try your waitress as well. Oh, and if you could, please drive home safely.

Then again, as we always say. . .that's why they're the world wide leader.

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Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: SI.com Moves Vikings Down A Spot

The Minnesota Vikings didn't move down very far in the Week 4 NFL Power Rankings from the folks at SI.com. Of course, since they started out at number 28, they didn't have that far down to go. But, Don Banks has moved the Vikings down one spot in his most recent rankings to number 29.

What did Banks have to say about the Vikings?

Leslie Frazier said he won't replace Donovan McNabb with rookie Christian Ponder, but the team will look to help the veteran quarterback with "mechanical issues" that might be contributing to McNabb short-hopping the ball on some passes. Really? McNabb has been short-hopping a few passes for about 12 or 13 years now in the NFL, so I don't think a late-career fix is going to be found. Just ask any Eagles fan about McNabb drilling a few worms over the years. They'll tell you.

Yes, I personally think it's a little bit crazy to ask a guy that's been in the league as long as Donovan McNabb has to suddenly change his mechanics. McNabb is what we thought he was. . .not terribly accurate. Hopefully he can find a little more accuracy this Sunday against Kansas City.

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