Vikings slide again in AP Pro32 rankings

The Vikings slipped another spot in the AP Pro32 power rankings after their loss at Green Bay. Voters are impressed with Adrian Peterson, but don't see the playoffs on the horizon for Minnesota.

An NFL version of No. 1 vs. No. 2 is set for Monday night when the Houston Texans visit the New England Patriots.

The Texans remained first in the AP Pro32 power rankings Tuesday, while the Patriots inched up two spots into a second-place tie with the Atlanta Falcons.

Houston received eight first-place votes and 376 points in balloting by The Associated Press' panel of 12 media members who regularly cover the league. The Texans (11-1) are first for the fourth straight week.

New England (9-3) and Atlanta (11-1) each had 364 points; the Patriots received three first-place votes, the Falcons one.

The Texans clinched a playoff spot with last week's win over Tennessee, while the Falcons clinched the NFC South and the Patriots the AFC East over the weekend.

New England has made a steady climb up the rankings thanks to a six-game winning streak.

"Still don't trust the defense," noted Rich Gannon of CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, "but they do have Brady and the No. 1 offense that's averaging 36 ppg."

Denver is up a spot to fourth after clinching the AFC West with its seventh straight win. San Francisco slips three spots to fifth after an overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams.

THE RANKINGS

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 4, 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 (8) 11 1 0 376 1
2. Atlanta Falcons (1) 11 1 0 364 3
2. New England Pats (3) 9 3 0 364 4
4. Denver Broncos 9 3 0 354 5
5. San Francisco 49ers 8 3 1 337 2
6. Baltimore Ravens 9 3 0 319 6
7. Green Bay Packers 8 4 0 305 9
8. New York Giants 7 5 0 287 7
9. Chicago Bears 8 4 0 277 8
10. Indianapolis Colts 8 4 0 273 10
11. Pittsburgh Steelers 7 5 0 268 14
12. Seattle Seahawks 7 5 0 265 13
13. Cincinnati Bengals 7 5 0 260 11
14. Washington Redskins 6 6 0 231 16
15. Tampa Bay Bucss 6 6 0 213 12
16. Dallas Cowboys 6 6 0 204 18
17. New Orleans Saints 5 7 0 188 15
18. Minnesota Vikings 6 6 0 184 17
19. St. Louis Rams 5 6 1 164 22
20. Miami Dolphins 5 7 0 150 19
21. Buffalo Bills 5 7 0 136 23
22. Detroit Lions 4 8 0 134 20
23. New York Jets 5 7 0 115 24
24. San Diego Chargers 4 8 0 114 21
25. Cleveland Browns 4 8 0 112 25
26. Tennessee Titans 4 8 0 76 27
27. Carolina Panthers 3 9 0 71 26
28. Arizona Cardinals 4 8 0 64 28
29. Philadelphia Eagles 3 9 0 52 29
30. Kansas City Chiefs 2 10 0 30 32
31. Oakland Raiders 3 9 0 25 31
32. Jacksonville Jags 2 10 0 24 30

COMMENTS ABOUT THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS (18)

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

Chris Berman (ESPN, 17) — AP is superhuman.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 18) — The brilliant Adrian Peterson deserves to play on a contender again.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 17) — They are a one-trick pony on offense with Adrian Peterson and a 32nd-ranked passing attack.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 17) — Another vintage performance by Adrian Peterson only proves that you need big-time quarterbacking to win in this league. Christian Ponder just isn't showing that right now.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 17) — Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with seven individual 100-yard rushing games — and the last six have come in succession.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 20) — It's not that the Vikings hit the wall; it's that they hit the schedule. It's too much for even Adrian Peterson to overcome.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 19) — A slow fade into the Minnesota tundra.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 17) — How much more can Adrian Peterson do to carry this team? Without Percy Harvin there isn't enough firepower.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 18) — Adrian Peterson is an absolute stud. The Vikings need more like him.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 17) — Adrian Peterson looks like a lock to win another NFL rushing title. But with the way the rest of Minnesota's offense is playing, he'll have to enjoy the honor at home during the playoffs.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 17) — They may be wasting one of the all-time great seasons by a running back.

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