AP Pro 32 Power Rankings

The Vikings moved back a spot, to 27th, with a road loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2. See where the teams ranked and what the voting panel had to say about the Vikings.

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 18, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

Rk. Team (1st votes) W L T Pts Pvs
1. San Francisco 49ers (11)2 0 0 383 2
2. Houston Texans (1) 2 0 0 360 4
3. Green Bay Packers 1 1 0 352 5
4. Atlanta Falcons 2 0 0 347 7
5. Baltimore Ravens 1 1 0 326 3
6. Philadelphia Eagles 2 0 0 323 12
7. New England Patriots 1 1 0 315 1
8. New York Giants 1 1 0 285 10
9. San Diego Chargers 2 0 0 284 17
10. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 1 0 283 11
11. Denver Broncos 1 1 0 279 6
12. Arizona Cardinals 2 0 0 256 20
13. Detroit Lions 1 1 0 224 13
14. Dallas Cowboys 1 1 0 212 9
15. Chicago Bears 1 1 0 211 8
16. New York Jets 1 1 0 191 15
17. Carolina Panthers 1 1 0 190 22
18. Cincinnati Bengals 1 1 0 176 18
19. Seattle Seahawks 1 1 0 172 24
20. Washington Redskins 1 1 0 172 16
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1 0 163 19
22. New Orleans Saints 0 2 0 143 14
23. Buffalo Bills 1 1 0 121 27
24. St. Louis Rams 1 1 0 119 28
25. Indianapolis Colts 1 1 0 93 31
26. Miami Dolphins 1 1 0 79 32
27. Minnesota Vikings 1 1 0 75 26
28. Tennessee Titans 0 2 0 51 23
29. Cleveland Browns 0 2 0 44 30
30. Oakland Raiders 0 2 0 43 25
31. Kansas City Chiefs 0 2 0 38 21
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0 2 0 26 29

VOTER COMMENTS ON MINNESOTA VIKINGS (27)

Chris Berman (ESPN, 30) - Impressive late almost comeback.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 30) - This team isn't good enough yet to string strong performances together.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 27) - Steady progress with Ponder hasn't gone unnoticed.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 25) - Christian Ponder sets the stage for a second straight comeback, but the Vikings can't put away the Colts in the end. Even so, an encouraging start for the second-year QB.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 27) - Three tackles, no sacks in two games from Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen. If he remains quiet, the Vikings will remain quiet.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 25) - The Vikes win one at the buzzer, then lose one at the buzzer. If nothing else, they're discovering that Christian Ponder is a keeper and holds up well under the pressure of making last-minute drives.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 27) - Sooner or later, Jared Allen will get untracked. I'm betting on sooner.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 28) - The Vikings go as Adrian Peterson goes. He needs 22 touches and 125 yards a game for the Vikings to be competitive. Jared Allen needs to start collecting sacks so they don't lose to teams like the Colts.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 26) - The Vikings are getting better as is their QB Christian Ponder. Not enough there for the Vikes to be consistent yet.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 26) - Vikings coach Leslie Frazier admitted Monday that his young team "is going to play a lot of close games." That means Minnesota's defense can't afford any more late collapses like the one in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Indianapolis.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 25) - If they couldn't beat the Colts, they might really have a hard time against the 49ers and Lions.

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