Another site's power rankings place Vikings near the bottom
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The Minnesota Vikings' recent history suggests they should get little respect in predictions, and so far that's what has happened in offseason power rankings.
But as shown every year, there always are surprises in the NFL. If you're the Vikings, you're not only used to flying under the radar -- you probably prefer it.
Coming off a 10-6 playoff season in 2012, expectations were the highest since a 2009 run to the NFC Championship. A 1-7 start last season extinguished any hope for the franchise and for the previous franchise quarterback in Christian Ponder.
First-year coach Mike Zimmer has taken the Vikings in a different direction -- down to the finest detail of motivational signs on the wall to a rearranged weight room -- drafted another franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater all while churning the roster and coaching staff to fit his style of play. Time will tell if that equates into more wins for 2014, but so far sites like Sporting News and Pro Football Talk have ranked the Vikings near the bottom of their NFL offseason rankings.
Only the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders were ranked worse by PFT, who pegged the Vikings at 27th.
Vikings fans can take solace in knowing these rankings mean nothing but to serve as a barometer for the national media's feel for a team. The eventual NFC East champion Phildelphia Eagles were ranked 26th in PFT's rankings last year, though the Super Bowl matchup of Denver and Seattle were ranked second and fourth.
There are always surprises in the NFL and the Vikings were one of them in 2012. We're not talking playoffs, but with steady quarterback play and better luck with health, there are reasons to believe in more than a cellar-dweller season, as our own Judd Zulgad wrote.