Wetmore: Digging really, really deep to find four positives on Vikings
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Hope for the Vikings is hard to find around these parts. ESPN published its weekly power rankings Tuesday, and the Vikings are rated awfully low.
After getting blown out in a home game many expected Minnesota to win, the Vikings deserve their low rating, perhaps even worse. Many didn't feel the Carolina Panthers were very good, and the Vikings desperately needed a win to claw back toward a .500 record.
Here's the quick take ESPN used to describe putting the Vikings as the 29th of 32 NFL teams:
The Vikings' defense has cost the team 44.6 expected points this season, worst in the league. Uncertainty at quarterback and a bad defense could equal a lost season.
So to keep spirits up on a gloomy weather day in Minnesota, I'm taking it easy on the Purple and Gold and finding four positives from the weekly power rankings.
1) After an ugly loss in which it looked to some like the team altogether quit, the Vikings only fell one spot in the weekly power rankings.
2) The team at No. 30, directly below Minnesota, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5) just cut bait with a former first-round quarterback for no return. That quarterback, Josh Freeman, may be the future franchise quarterback for the Vikings, and they got him without giving up any assets.
3) On Monday night, the Vikings get to face a team in even worse shape, the 31st-rated New York Giants (0-6).
4) As bad as the Vikings situation seems, at least they're not the Jaguars (0-6, No. 32).