Vikings inch forward in AP Pro32 rankings
Adrian Peterson (Hannah Foslien/Getty)
Adrian Peterson (Hannah Foslien/Getty)
VikingUpdate.com
Posted Oct 24, 2012


The Vikings are a top-10 team once again, but just barely after they struggled to pass the ball. Still, Adrian Peterson and a good defense keep impressing.

Being the NFL's only unbeaten team has its perks - at least this week.

The Atlanta Falcons had their bye weekend and still remained first in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings Tuesday, but the New York Giants gained ground after a thrilling win over the Washington Redskins.

The Falcons received 10 first-place votes and 378 points from The Associated Press' 12-member panel of media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Giants, who beat the Redskins 27-23 on Eli Manning's 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 left in the game, had two first-place votes and 366 points.

Last week, the Giants had one-first place vote and trailed the Falcons by 17 points. The margin is 12 points this week.

"Who's better than Eli Manning in the last two minutes? Nobody," said Sporting News' Clifton Brown, who had the Giants first and the Falcons fifth on his ballot even though the defending Super Bowl champions have two losses.

The Falcons needed some last-minute heroics to pull out a few games, and Sunday they visit Philadelphia - a team also coming off a bye but unbeaten following its week off under coach Andy Reid.

"Falcons have been cutting it close in recent weeks, relying on some dramatic late-game drama from Matt & Matt (Ryan and Bryant)," said Newsday's Bob Glauber. "Might need more of the same on Sunday at Philly."

The Houston Texans rebounded from their loss to Green Bay by thumping the Baltimore Ravens 43-13 and moving up to third with 362 points. San Francisco was fourth with 344 points and Chicago fifth with 341 points.

AP PRO32 POWER RANKINGS

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 23, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

Rk. Team			W 	L 	T 	Pts 	Pvs

1. Atlanta Falcons (10) 6 0 0 378 1
2. New York Giants (2) 5 2 0 366 2
3. Houston Texans 6 1 0 362 4
4. San Francisco 49ers 5 2 0 344 5
5. Chicago Bears 5 1 0 341 6
6. Green Bay Packers 4 3 0 323 7
7. New England Patriots 4 3 0 304 8
8. Baltimore Ravens 5 2 0 298 3
9. Denver Broncos 3 3 0 285 10
10. Minnesota Vikings 5 2 0 279 11
11. Seattle Seahawks 4 3 0 266 9
12. Pittsburgh Steelers 3 3 0 256 15
13. Washington Redskins 3 4 0 226 13
14. Philadelphia Eagles 3 3 0 218 12
15. Dallas Cowboys 3 3 0 207 19
16. San Diego Chargers 3 3 0 197 16
17. New Orleans Saints 2 4 0 182 23
18. Miami Dolphins 3 3 0 179 17
19. Arizona Cardinals 4 3 0 177 14
20. New York Jets 3 4 0 154 21
21. Detroit Lions 2 4 0 150 18
22. Cincinnati Bengals 3 4 0 135 20
23. St. Louis Rams 3 4 0 123 22
24. Indianapolis Colts 3 3 0 110 26
25. Tennessee Titans 3 4 0 107 27
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 4 0 94 25
27. Buffalo Bills 3 4 0 84 24
28. Oakland Raiders 2 4 0 56 29
29. Carolina Panthers 1 5 0 55 28
30. Cleveland Browns 1 6 0 39 30
31. Kansas City Chiefs 1 5 0 22 31
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 1 5 0 19 32


COMMENTS ON MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10)

Comments on the Minnesota Vikings by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):

Chris Berman (ESPN, 13) — Have replaced Lions in nice black and blue division race.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 8) — Adrian Peterson can still carry the rock, and still carry an offense.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 11) — At 5-2, Leslie Frazier is being mentioned as a coach of the year candidate.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 13) — Adrian Peterson (153) runs for almost three times as many yards as Christian Ponder (58) throws for as Minny wins ugly at home over Arizona. Can't keep getting away with those numbers, though.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 6) — The Vikings are home Thursday night against Tampa Bay, which suits Adrian Peterson just fine. He has rushed for at least 84 yards in all four home games thus far and the Vikings have won them all. Peterson has scored all three of his TDs this season at home.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 8) — All I know about these guys is that they beat San Francisco, and that makes them someone you can't write off.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 11) — When all else fails, shove the ball into Adrian Peterson's gut and let him dance.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 11) — The biggest surprise of the season just keeps winning games. There are some tough opponents coming up.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 13) — The Vikings need to start putting it all together. When they do that they are a good football team.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 8) — Did running back Adrian Peterson really suffer a major knee injury last December? It was impossible to tell last Sunday as he plowed for 153 yards against Arizona.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 7) — Did somebody say Adrian Peterson had an injury? Could have fooled me. And the Cardinals.





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