Vikings move up three in AP power poll

The Vikings got back on the winning track and moved up three spots in the AP Pro32 power poll, which also had a change at the top. See comments from the national media on the Vikings.

Houston and Atlanta traded places in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.

The Texans moved to the top on Tuesday following their 13-6 win over the Chicago Bears, while the Falcons dropped to second after their first loss of the season, 31-27 to the New Orleans Saints.

Houston (8-1) was a unanimous choice, receiving all 12 first-place votes and 384 points from The Associated Press' panel of media members who regularly cover the league.

Atlanta, the NFL's other one-loss team, received 362 points, while the Bears remained third with 341 points. San Francisco was fourth with 339 points, and Denver moved up three places to fifth with 334 points.

"Tough victory at Soldier Field earns Texans the No. 1 spot," said Sporting News' Clifton Brown.

Newsday's Bob Glauber singled out the Texans' defense, which forced four turnovers and sent Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to the sideline with a concussion.

"Some well-earned fist pumping from Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, whose unit one-upped the host team's D," Glauber said.

Houston was first in the power rankings for three weeks earlier in the season, but relinquished the spot to Atlanta after losing to Green Bay on Oct. 14.

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 Nov. 13, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

Pl. Team		W	L	T	Pts	Pvs

1. Houston Texans (12) 8 1 0 384 2
2. Atlanta Falcons 8 1 0 362 1
3. Chicago Bears 7 2 0 341 3
4. San Francisco 49ers 6 2 1 339 4
5. Denver Broncos 6 3 0 334 8
6. Green Bay Packers 6 3 0 326 5
7. Baltimore Ravens 7 2 0 324 9
8. New England Patriots 6 3 0 316 6
9. Pittsburgh Steelers 6 3 0 295 10
10. New York Giants 6 4 0 269 6
11. Seattle Seahawks 6 4 0 264 11
12. Indianapolis Colts 6 3 0 254 12
13. New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 229 17
13. Tampa Bay Bucs 5 4 0 229 14
15. Minnesota Vikings 6 4 0 226 18
16. Dallas Cowboys 4 5 0 201 19
17. Cincinnati Bengals 4 5 0 181 22
18. Detroit Lions 4 5 0 176 13
19. San Diego Chargers 4 5 0 174 16
20. Miami Dolphins 4 5 0 150 15
21. Arizona Cardinals 4 5 0 131 21
22. Washington Redskins 3 6 0 119 23
23. Tennessee Titans 4 6 0 115 29
24. Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 113 20
25. St. Louis Rams 3 5 1 112 26
26. New York Jets 3 6 0 87 24
27. Buffalo Bills 3 6 0 82 28
28. Carolina Panthers 2 7 0 72 25
29. Cleveland Browns 2 7 0 49 30
30. Oakland Raiders 3 6 0 44 27
31. Kansas City Chiefs 1 8 0 24 32
32. Jacksonville Jags 1 8 0 14 31
VOTING PANEL
Chris Berman, ESPN
Clifton Brown, Sporting News
Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sports
Rich Gannon, CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio
Bob Glauber, Newsday
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com
John Lynch, Fox Sports
Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com
Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune

COMMENTS ABOUT THE VIKINGS (15)

Chris Berman (ESPN, 16) — So is the performance of Adrian Peterson.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 15) — The incomparable Adrian Peterson is leading a surprising season.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 15) — If Ponder and the passing game play as well as they did last week and you combine that with Adrian Peterson, you could have the makings of a playoff team.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 14) — Adrian Peterson's a medical marvel. Less than a year after ACL surgery, he leads the NFL in rushing. Last four games: a combined 629 yards and five TDs.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 13) — Adrian Peterson has scored five touchdowns in the last four weeks and averaged 157.3 yards per game during that stretch.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 13) — Anyone who watches Adrian Peterson shred another defense shares the same thought: Where can I get the number of his knee surgeon?

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 15) — Adrian Peterson might face nine defenders in the box from here on out.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 14) — A red hot start, a few stumbles and people were ready to say they were headed to the NFC North basement where they belonged. No one asked the Vikings, who came back this week with a big division win over Detroit.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 15) — Was it a blessing in disguise that the NFL's leading WR going into last weekend Percy Harvin was out? I think so. It allowed QB Christian Ponder to "run an offense" and go through progressions as opposed to feeling compelled to feed Harvin. Against Detroit, Ponder threw to nine different receivers (10 counting himself) and looked good doing so. Now they will welcome Harvin back after the bye.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 13) — Knee injury? What knee injury? Running back Adrian Peterson looked better than ever in his 171-yard performance against Detroit.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 13) — If Christian Ponder plays like he played Sunday, the Vikings are going to surprise some people in the last seven weeks of the season.

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