NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Rams earn statement win in rematch with Saints

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Cooper Kupp #18 of the Los Angeles Rams runs on a 67-yard reception during the fourth quarter as Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints attempts to tackle him in the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Cooper Kupp #18 of the Los Angeles Rams runs on a 67-yard reception during the fourth quarter as Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints attempts to tackle him in the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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18. Minnesota Vikings

Did the Minnesota Vikings make a huge mistake last season by rewarding Kirk Cousins with that hefty contract that he may no longer deserve?

Less than a year after coming up just short of earning a trip to the Super Bowl, signing Cousins was supposed to help the Vikings get over the hump in the NFC while playing in an offense loaded with talent.

Most quarterbacks would do anything to be part of an offense that Cousins finds himself in thanks to a strong duo at receiver in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs along with a young running back on the rise in Dalvin Cook.

So to watch Cousins come up short the way they did to the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 in which the Vikings quarterback finished with three turnovers was frustrating for obvious reasons since this was a game Minnesota easily could have won.

Instead, Cousins finds himself in a similar situation like last season in which the pressure will only continue to increase by the week if the Vikings continue to lose games they should arguably win.

Cousins received some benefit of the doubt after Week 1 since Minnesota didn’t need to pass the football as much thanks to the ground game stepping up in a big way, but there’s no excuse for what took place during Sunday’s loss to the Packers.