Having doubts about how good the Vikings can be in 2018?
CBSSports.com ranks the Vikings ONLY fourth in its offseason power rankings list.
ESPN.com? It pegs the Vikings FIFTH.
Take a deep breath … because Madden NFL 19 is here to pile on.
On Tuesday the infamous video game released its individual player rankings.
With five players rated a 90 overall or better (99 is the best possible ranking), the Vikings tied for having the third most in the NFL.
They were surpassed by the Eagles (nine) and Cowboys (six) and tied with the Seahawks, Falcons and … Jaguars.
Pacing the Vikings was safety Harrison Smith (97 overall, best at his position), whose ranking placed him among the 14 best players in the video game. Following in his footsteps were defensive end Everson Griffen (92), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (92), wide receiver Stefon Diggs (90) and defensive tackle Linval Joseph (90), whose strength was rated a 97 (tied for second best in the NFL and only eclipsed by Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh).
The Vikings also had four players receive an 85 or better rating: safety Andrew Sendejo (85), running back Dalvin Cook (85), tight end Kyle Rudolph (86) and wide receiver Adam Thielen (88).
New quarterback Kirk Cousins? He checked in with an 82 – tied for the 15th best quarterback. For those of you keeping score, that placed him ahead of all three quarterbacks the Vikings let go in the offseason: Case Keenum (81), Sam Bradford (79) and Teddy Bridgewater (78). But not by much.
Other teams of note: Aaron Rodgers (a 99 overall) and the Packers had just three, the Bears and Lions each had one, perceived NFC title contenders the Saints and Rams each had four (along with the Texans and Chargers), and AFC favorites the Patriots and Steelers each only had three.
Other players of note: Six players besides Rodgers received a 99 rating: Patriots QB Tom Brady, Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Rams DE Aaron Donald, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, Panthers LB Luke Kuechly and Broncos LB Von Miller.
Curious for more? View all player rankings here.