AP poll says Vikings now a top-10 team

Leslie Frazier (Adam Bettcher/Getty)

More proof that the Vikings are for real: They are convincing the national media, ranking eighth in the latest AP Pro32 Power Rankings.

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records through Oct. 9, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

Rk. Team (votes for first) W L T Pts Pvs
1. Houston Texans (10) 5 0 0 382 1
2. Atlanta Falcons 5 0 0 367 2
3. San Francisco 49ers (2) 4 1 0 363 3
4. Baltimore Ravens 4 1 0 342 4
5. New England Patriots 3 2 0 333 6
6. Chicago Bears 4 1 0 330 9
7. New York Giants 3 2 0 305 11
8. Minnesota Vikings 4 1 0 294 14
9. Pittsburgh Steelers 2 2 0 273 15
10. Arizona Cardinals 4 1 0 270 5
11. Philadelphia Eagles 3 2 0 269 8
12. Green Bay Packers 2 3 0 251 7
13. San Diego Chargers 3 2 0 239 10
14. Cincinnati Bengals 3 2 0 218 12
15. Denver Broncos 2 3 0 215 13
15. Seattle Seahawks 3 2 0 215 17
17. St. Louis Rams 3 2 0 201 19
18. Dallas Cowboys 2 2 0 184 16
19. Washington Redskins 2 3 0 161 18
20. Miami Dolphins 2 3 0 149 25
21. New Orleans Saints 1 4 0 140 26
22. Detroit Lions 1 3 0 131 21
22. Indianapolis Colts 2 2 0 131 31
24. New York Jets 2 3 0 111 23
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 3 0 95 24
26. Carolina Panthers 1 4 0 83 22
27. Buffalo Bills 2 3 0 77 20
28. Oakland Raiders 1 3 0 64 28
29. Kansas City Chiefs 1 4 0 60 27
30. Tennessee Titans 1 4 0 35 29
31. Jacksonville Jaguars 1 4 0 31 30
32. Cleveland Browns 0 5 0 17 32

COMMENTS ON MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8)

Chris Berman (ESPN, 11) — Nobody saw first place in mid-October coming.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 7) — Percy Harvin has become a trendy pick for MVP consideration, but he deserves it.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 9) — Right now Leslie Frazier is the front runner for Coach of the Year.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 7) — The surprise team of the season so far, as the Vikings keep finding new ways to win. One week it's Christian Ponder, another week it's Adrian Peterson, and this time it's Percy Harvin.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 6) — The Black & Blue division has three defenses in the top 10 — Bears at 6, Vikings at 7 and Lions at 9.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 7) — This is the most surprising team out there. I don't know how Leslie Frazier is doing it, but it's great to have the Vikings back on the map.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 9) — Even with Jared Allen off to a slow start, this defense is getting after people.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 8) — Say what you want, call it a surprise, this team wins and Christian Ponder is the real deal.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 10) — The Vikings continue to impress. Percy Harvin has been unleashed and the league is struggling to find an answer. The defense has been very good.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 7) — The end of quarterback Christian Ponder's 145-pass streak without an interception was the only bummer for Minnesota in a 30-7 thrashing of Tennessee.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 12) — They have done everything the good teams do except convince everyone they can do it for 16 games.

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