Power rankings: Poor QB play keeps Vikings in bottom third of NFL


An 0-1 start to the season didn't send shockwaves through the community of NFL power rankings, but the Minnesota Vikings did drop in every list we could find.

Here's where the Vikings fell in the rankings we looked at.

NFL.com: No. 20

Vikings fans don't want to hear it, because it's old hat -- er, old horned helmet -- but Christian Ponder remains the linchpin to this club's postseason hopes. The third-year quarterback threw three picks on Sunday and fumbled. Next week won't be any easier, with the Soldier Field takeaway machines on the docket. The Chicago Bears have forced 24 turnovers in their past nine home games -- that's almost three per outing. Wouldn't be a bad idea to give Adrian Peterson more than 18 carries this time, either. 

ESPN: No. 21

Christian Ponder was 3-of-6 for 68 yards and two interceptions against at least eight men in the box. Until he improves, stopping Adrian Peterson is all defenses need to worry about.

USA Today: No. 21

In year No. 3, Christian Ponder's prove it season off to a rough start.

Yahoo! Sports: No. 23

The defense won't give up 469 yards every week. They might bounce back quickly.

Pro Football Talk: No. 18

The lack of a competent passing game will prevent the Vikings from staying within a score of the many other teams who have one.

CBS Sports: No. 21

It's all about Christian Ponder, and he wasn't very good against the Lions. The defense had a rough go of it too.

Mark Craig, Star Tribune: No. 26

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