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Monday, October 23, 2006

How good are the Vikings?

Peter King of Sports Illustrated ranked the Vikings as the sixth-best team in the NFL. Here is what he wrote about the Vikings: "Talk about a leap up the rankings. Can't avoid respecting the Vikings any longer, not after they've held six foes this season to 16, 13, 19, 17, 17 and 13 points and beaten the defending NFC champs at their impregnable home by 18."
So how good are the Vikings? Where would you rank them?

9 Comments:

Blogger pm said...

i think mr. king should take it easy on the purple kool-aid or pedialyte. the vikes defense is playing like a top tier unit, the offense is improving...still middle of the road, and specialty teams is above average overall with the addition of bethel johnson. longwell has been good this year, but not great with his kickoff depth and a few timely field goal misses have really put this team in the meatgrinder.

6th overall??? may be a little too high at this point, but as a die hard purple fan...i'll say they are a real pleasant surprise up to this point of the season.

6:06 PM  
Blogger justin said...

As someone who was at the game yesterday, I would disagree with a No. 6 ranking. Good yes. Better than most people thought? Yes. Better than the second string of the Hawks? Yes. =) I just wish we would have gotten both halves of the game on an even keel.

In any event, they outplayed the Hawks plain and simple. However, Brad Johnson ain't going to win you a Super Bowl, maybe even not a playoff game, therefore six is a bit high.

I can only hope Koran Robinson is picking EJ Henderson up at the airport. I've heard they're both pretty good at rolling...

6:45 PM  
Blogger Vikes67 said...

Peter also had the Vikings in the Super Bowl last year. The media has a bad habit of jumping on and off the bandwagon. I prefer the media leave the Vikings under the radar and have their play speak for itself. I am very impressed with this team and coaches. Specifically yesterday's bounce back after the quick td strike on Seattle's first drive. I wanted to see how the Vikes would respond - would it be like Cincinnati last year? The answer was a resounding NO!

One last test before I put them in the top 10 - Dominate teams they should beat (ie. San Fran, Green Bay, Miami, Arizona. NY Jets). The Vikes have proven they can play with the best (ie. Bears, Seahawks), hopefully we'll see them put away teams instead of playing down to the level of competition.

Skol!

8:02 PM  
Blogger sirweeze said...

Because of such a plush schedule, the Vikings have a legit chance to win 11 games this year (at San Fran, Packers twice, at Miami, Arizona, at Detroit and the Jets), which should easily get them a wildcard, considering how much the NFC East is beating up on each other... speaking of which, I find it kind of odd the Vikings aren't scheduled against any other NFC East teams this year (besides Washington in the opener), so it will be hard to see how they'd rank among teams like Philly and the Giants. Are they among the top 6 in the NFC? No doubt. Top 6 in the NFL? No way.

11:30 PM  
Blogger John said...

Well USA Today's statistical computational rankings put us at 9th:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/nfl06.htm

and Bud Goode's computational rankings put us at 10th:
http://mule.he.net/~budsport/pub/power.php
(before the Monday night game)

And you really can't argue with those rankings. When you're taking key statistics (such as strength of schedule, win/loss record, how much you won or lost by, and yardage gained/lost) and using them in a smart way to show how strong a team is instead of just arbitrary feelings- it's about as good as it gets in my opinion.

After this last game I suspect the Cowboys will drop of Goode's list so 9th is a good number for us. The teams ahead of us: Chicago, Indianapolis, New England, New Orleans, New York Giants, Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver.

I'd put us above San Diego because they have the same record as us and haven't beaten anybody good yet (they've had 3rd easiest schedule in the NFL). St Louis is in the same boat, easy schedule. I'd put us above Philly simply because they lost to Tampa and now we have a better win/loss record than them, but that could change soon.

The Giants are a tossup because they lost to Seattle, but they've had the toughest schedule in the league and beat Atlanta, Philly, and now Dallas and were more dominant so I'd put them ahead. The homer in me would like to put us above Baltimore and Denver, but we went and lost to Buffalo unfortunately so I have to rank them both ahead. Jacksonville and Dallas are tough but they are 3-3 now.

Fortunately of those ahead of us we only play two of the them rest of the regular season and Las Vegas has us as favorites for 8 of our next 10 games.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

I think they're a wild card team that might be able to go on the road and beat a team in the first round, but wouldn't have much of a chance to get past the next team. I'll take all that back if they can get the offense figured out. If that happens the sky is the limit with this team. The Bears look so good though, I don't think they're good enough to beat the Bears.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Critic said...

I'd rank them in the top third. But like any NFL team, they could beat any other team on any given Sunday. Before looking at their schedule you know they'll play every team hard, and the defense will keep things close. The schedule fans (optimists) will see several likely wins (if turnovers are minimal) and some tight games that could break for them.

If the Vikings were to win the games they're supposed to, and a couple of squeakers against top teams it would be tempting to rate them higher (a la Mr. King). And, they have the capacity to reach those heights. It remains to be seen whether they can sustain such play over the season.

Oh - the bears are beatable. We were close, and so were the Cardinals.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Sean Jensen said...

Boy, that Buffalo loss looks worse and worse in each of the last two weeks. That is the one loss that makes me wonder about this team. As one person commented, the great teams have to be able to beat the bad ones, regardless of the "anyone can beat anyone, on any given Sunday" cliche.

10:22 AM  
Blogger W.F. Call said...

We timeworn Vikings fans tend to be pessimists, and with good reason.
One thing to remember, though: This team is 11-4 in its last 15 games. That's gotta count for something.

10:09 AM  

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