2023 NFL Power Rankings: Minnesota Vikings

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Minnesota Vikings in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Pleasant surprise: S Josh Metellus

Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores plucked Metellus out of special teams obscurity to fill a key role in his defensive scheme. Listed as a safety, Metellus has started all 12 games and played 92.7% of the team's defensive snaps in a hybrid linebacker/nickel role. He has rushed the passer more than any NFL defensive back (78) and leads the Vikings with a 22.8% pressure rate. Along the way, Metellus has recorded 77 tackles, forced three fumbles, notched 1.5 sacks and intercepted a pass. -- Kevin Seifert

NFL.com -- Rank: 17

This week's post-bye game against the Raiders figures to have some real drama beyond whether Justin Jefferson plays or not. There's a chance that head coach Kevin O'Connell could make a change at quarterback -- either before Sunday's contest or during it -- given Joshua Dobbs' colossal struggles against the Bears in Week 12. At the very least, you can expect understudy Nick Mullens to be on ready-alert going into this game. Rookie Jaren Hall is back in the mix, too. This game -- and the stretch that follows -- not only will dictate whether the Vikings make the playoffs, but it likely will help determine the team's offseason plan at QB. Another concern: Can the offensive line, which has been a team strength, hold up down the stretch? It did not against Chicago.

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2023 NFL Predictions: NFC North

Before the start of the season, we will post NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, we've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totaled them up.

The four NFC North teams are projected to win the fifth-most games combined in our 2023 full-season projections.

See where the Vikings stand in our 2023 NFC North Predictions

2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Minnesota Vikings

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Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Kirk Cousins594.3392.84427.529.1213.0736113.41.26286.34
Nick Mullens37.924.7274.81.521.

Kirk Cousins: Reunited with his former Washington offensive coordinator, Cousins finished as fantasy's QB7 with Kevin O'Connell in his first year as his head coach. That said, Cousins was 11th on a points-per-game basis (among QBs that played at least half the year) as the veteran quarterback set multi-year lows in completion percentage (65.9%), TD% (4.5), yards per attempt (7.1) and passer rating (92.5) in 2022. With the Vikings using a first-round pick on Jordan Addison to complement Justin Jefferson and T.J. Hockenson, Cousins remains a steady back-end QB1 type heading into 2023.

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Minnesota Vikings: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Minnesota Vikings in 2023.

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WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Sun., Sep. 10vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 17-20
Week 2Thu., Sep. 14at Philadelphia EaglesL 28-34
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24vs. Los Angeles ChargersL 24-28
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1at Carolina PanthersW 21-13
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8vs. Kansas City ChiefsL 20-27
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15at Chicago BearsW 19-13
Week 7Mon., Oct. 23vs. San Francisco 49ers8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at Green Bay Packers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12vs. New Orleans Saints1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 11Sun., Nov. 19at Denver Broncos8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 12Mon., Nov. 27vs. Chicago Bears8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 13BYE
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10at Las Vegas Raiders4:05 PM / Tickets
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17at Cincinnati BengalsTBD / Tickets
Week 16Sun., Dec. 24vs. Detroit Lions1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31vs. Green Bay Packers8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7at Detroit LionsTBD / Tickets

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Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Minnesota Vikings from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Minnesota Vikings:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (5/9)

16. Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

With Kirk Cousins scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2023 season, only Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall, their second of two fifth-round picks, are scheduled to be on the roster this time next year. Penix Jr. flourished in his first season with the Huskies, as he threw for 4,641 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. With another strong season, he could hear his name called early.

CBS Sports - Josh Edwards (5/8)

16. J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Minnesota finally lands its replacement to Kirk Cousins, who is slated to become a free agent.

ESPN - Todd McShay (5/4)

20. J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

I thought about Washington's Michael Penix Jr. here, too, but I ultimately went with McCarthy, who threw for 22 TDs and five interceptions last season in Michigan. There are a handful of passers who could rise into Round 1 -- Penix, Oregon's Bo Nix and Texas' Quinn Ewers, to name a few -- but McCarthy is intriguing because of his 6-foot-3 frame, running ability, accuracy and arm talent. In Minnesota, Kirk Cousins is entering the final year of his deal, and the team could move on. Despite winning 13 games last season, the Vikings were outside the top 20 in QBR (49.9). McCarthy could be the future for a team like Minnesota if he takes the next step in 2023.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (5/2)

18. Jer'Zhan Newton, IDL, Illinois

At 6 feet 3 and 295 pounds, Newton is a quick upfield penetrator with athletic twitch and a relentless play style. If he can improve his snap anticipation, he should be even more productive as a fourth-year player in 2023.

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Minnesota Vikings - 2023 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2023 NFL Draft picks selected by the Minnesota Vikings.

123Jordan AddisonWRUSC
3102Mekhi BlackmonCBUSC
4134Jay WardCBLSU
5141Jaquelin RoyDTLSU
5164Jaren HallQBBYU
7222DeWayne McBrideRBUAB

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