NFL Power Rankings: Steelers climbing the ladder heading into Week 6

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8). Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

60. . . . Minnesota Vikings. 16. team

16. Minnesota Vikings

This is a team that has been somewhat hard to read. Kirk Cousins has been excellent this year — earning a remarkable 103.7 passer rating and currently grading out as the 4th best quarterback in football. Unfortunately, it hasn’t exactly translated into the success they had hoped for.

The Vikings have taken care of business against unspectacular opponents, but they’ve lost every game against good teams (Cardinals, Bengals, and Browns), albeit, within one score.

On paper, this should be a well-above-average football team that has gotten great quarterback play and a defense that is only allowing 21.8 points per game (9th in the NFL). However, the results haven’t favored them so far.

The rod doesn’t get any easier either as they have a daunting schedule ahead of them that includes games against the Panthers, Cowboys, Ravens, Chargers, and Packers. If this team wants to stay in the hunt, they will have to win some games they aren’t supposed to win.