NFC North Power Rankings after Week 2

Where do the Lions stand after a Week 2 loss?

Detroit Lions, Aidan Hutchinson
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3. Minnesota Vikings

Like the Bears, the Minnesota Vikings have begun their season at 0-2 with losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles. The Thursday night contest against Philly may have ended in a 6-point loss, but the game was much further apart than the final score would say.

The Vikings are lucky Chicago has looked so bad, because their performance on Thursday night and an 0-2 record likely would have them at the bottom of any divisional power rankings at the moment. Minnesota was careless with the football against the Eagles, losing four fumbles on the night. Through two weeks, the Vikings have turned the ball over seven times on the year.

Kirk Cousins played pretty well overall, throwing for 364 yards and four touchdowns against the Eagles. To be fair, Cousins did a lot of things right and did everything he could to bring his team closer in the second half. In the end, though, it wasn't enough as the Vikings couldn't stop the Eagles after Philadelphia made adjustments.

Next week, the Vikings take on an 0-2 Los Angeles Chargers team in a battle of teams that desperately cannot afford a loss.