AP Pro32 Power Rankings
Leslie Frazier (Thomas J. Russo/US Presswire)
Leslie Frazier (Thomas J. Russo/US Presswire)
VikingUpdate.com
Posted Sep 29, 2012


The Vikings surged up the AP Pro32 Power Rankings after their Week 3 win over previously top-ranked San Francisco. There is a new No. 1 and the Vikings are now suddenly considered middle of the pack.

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records through Sept. 25, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

Rnk. Team W L T Pts Pvs
1. Houston Texans (9) 3 0 0 380 2
2. Atlanta Falcons (2) 3 0 0 371 4
3. Baltimore Ravens 2 1 0 352 5
4. New York Giants 2 1 0 339 8
5. San Francisco 49ers 2 1 0 339 1
6. Arizona Cardinals (1) 3 0 0 335 12
7. Green Bay Packers 1 2 0 302 3
8. New England Patriots 1 2 0 293 7
9. Seattle Seahawks 2 1 0 267 19
10. Chicago Bears 2 1 0 264 15
11. Dallas Cowboys 2 1 0 250 14
12. Philadelphia Eagles 2 1 0 247 6
13. San Diego Chargers 2 1 0 241 9
14. Cincinnati Bengals 2 1 0 232 18
15. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 2 0 213 10
16. Denver Broncos 1 2 0 206 11
17. Minnesota Vikings 2 1 0 195 27
18. New York Jets 2 1 0 190 16
19. Detroit Lions 1 2 0 177 13
20. Buffalo Bills 2 1 0 171 23
21. Washington Redskins 1 2 0 129 19
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers1 2 0 120 21
23. Carolina Panthers 1 2 0 113 17
24. Kansas City Chiefs 1 2 0 99 31
25. Tennessee Titans 1 2 0 94 28
26. Oakland Raiders 1 2 0 89 30
27. New Orleans Saints 0 3 0 77 22
28. Miami Dolphins 1 2 0 66 26
29. St. Louis Rams 1 2 0 63 24
30. Jacksonville Jaguars1 2 0 58 32
31. Indianapolis Colts 1 2 0 46 25
32. Cleveland Browns 0 3 0 12 29

COMMENTS FROM VOTERS ON MINNESOTA VIKINGS (17)

Chris Berman (ESPN, 20) - Lots to ponder after win over 49ers.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 11) - They are a surprising 2-1, and Christian Ponder's improvement is paying huge dividends.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 21) - QB Christian Ponder is the Most Improved Player in the league through the first three weeks.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 17) - Even Randy Moss had to be impressed with what he saw out of his old Vikings team. Two more TD throws and a brilliant TD run from Christian Ponder, plus some tough inside running from Adrian Peterson, and the Vikes pull off the upset.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 16) - QB Christian Ponder has not thrown an interception yet and the Vikings have a 2-1 record to show for it.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 15) - Hey, all I know is that the Vikings are this close to being 3-0.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 11) - Ponder this note. He's completing 70 percent of his passes and hasn't thrown a pick.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 19) - Christian Ponder is a pleasant surprise as well as the defense. Their wins are both at home, and the road can be an ugly place for a young team.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 15) - Last week I said the Vikes are "getting better." Believe me I didn't expect them to beat the 49ers, but they did! Another big test next week against what will be an angry Lions team.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 20) - The Vikings responded to head coach Leslie Frazier's challenge to better San Francisco's physicality in a 24-13 thumping. The next step toward respectability - giving a much better road effort Sunday in Detroit following a win than what Minnesota displayed in a Week Two loss at Indianapolis.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 18) - It's starting to look like Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder can be quite an effective combination for the Vikings.



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