4. Minnesota Vikings
I said this when talking about the Lions, but I think the Vikings path to success was always to have an explosive offense with a really good defense. They aren’t really built to be methodical, they need that home run threat which they have in Dalvin Cook.
However, the real star of this team is the defense which absolutely destroy Detroit today thanks in large part to a stellar pass rush.
I ranked them ahead of the Packers because I just feel like they are similar teams and while Rodgers gets the nod over Kirk Cousins, I think nearly every other position group leans towards Minnesota.
3. New Orleans Saints
The Saints were so close to an amazing win, but like their win earlier in the season where they stole one with a late drive against the Houston Texans, a quick drive and a field goal ended up being the turning point.
People are complaining about the penalties and I get that, but don’t lose the fact that this game was exciting for both teams and the offenses made some huge plays.
Specifically on the Saints, I think that we need to appreciate how good this offense is and how Drew Brees only has so much time left before he turns into what is happening to Tom Brady.
Defensively, they have some things to work on obviously but they will be fine when it matters in the postseason.
I wish the Saints would go and beat the Ravens because that would complete the rock-paper-scissors situation that I have going on in the top-3 of these power rankings.