A weekly examination of the Vikings' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 17 | Last Week: 30 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Vikings stayed in the same spot this week, but that's only because the two teams behind them (Tampa Bay and Jacksonville) are both winless. Minnesota lost 44-31 to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated, and for Vikings fans, there are few things more demoralizing than watching their team lose to its archrival in the final game between the two teams in the Metrodome. And what's worse for the Vikings at this point is the fact that both winless teams could also be in the market for a quarterback next spring, just as the Vikings figure to be. The 2014 draft is projected to boast one of the better quarterback crops in recent memory, but if the current standings hold through the second half of the season, Minnesota might not get the first crack at a quarterback.
But considering what's ahead on the Vikings' schedule, they might be best served by planning for the future, anyway. They'll face three division-leading teams in the next four games and three teams in that stretch that have one of the league's top-10 passing attacks. The Vikings' tattered secondary, which has contributed to the team allowing the fourth-most yards and the third-most touchdowns in the league, might have trouble holding up against the likes of Tony Romo, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers in the coming weeks.