Vikings fall two spots in AP power rankings

Vikings fall two spots in AP power rankings

With two straight losses to start the season, the Vikings fell to 24th in AP Pro32 power rankings. The Broncos took the top spot from the 49ers.

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos dismantled the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. Then they delivered a convincing victory on the road against Manning's younger brother and the rest of the New York Giants.

The strong start helped the Broncos hold off the Seattle Seahawks for the top spot in this week's AP Pro32 power rankings, released Tuesday. The Broncos moved up one spot from second after receiving eight first-place votes.

"Denver looks Super Bowl good right now," Newsday columnist Bob Glauber said.

After their commanding win over San Francisco on Sunday night, the Seahawks swooped in to take the other four first-place votes and settle in at No. 2. The 49ers, after tallying seven first-place votes last week, fell two spots to third.

Seattle, which was fifth last week, settled the debate until the rematch in December about which bitter NFC West division rival is better by beating the 49ers 29-3.

The Seahawks managed that even with a rough game by quarterback Russell Wilson, further highlighting their aggressive, punishing defense that's still missing cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive ends Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin because of injuries.

"Can anyone go into Seattle and get a win?" asked voter Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Voters have even begun to envision a Denver-Seattle Super Bowl, as far ahead as February might be.

"I'm not convinced Peyton can beat the Seahawks' secondary," wrote John Czarnecki of Fox Sports.

Houston and Green Bay rounded out the top five. NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy raised a question about the Texans.

"Two come-from-behind wins. Is that good or bad?" the former Colts coach asked.

New England and New Orleans tied for sixth. Chicago was eighth, Atlanta finished ninth, Kansas City jumped seven spots to 10th, and Miami made the same leap to 11th. The Dolphins were the lowest of the eight unbeaten teams.

The Saints continued their creep toward the top, catching the eye of the panel with an uncharacteristically stout defense.

"My hat is off to Rob Ryan and the defensive product he's putting on the field," Kirwan wrote, praising the coordinator. "The Saints have given up 31 points in two games. Last year they gave up 75 points in the first two games."

Added Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com: "Who Dat?!? The Saints' defense wasn't supposed to play this well in 2013."

Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, San Diego, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Detroit and Tennessee filled out slots 12 through 20. The Chargers made the biggest jump, advancing nine spots from 25th after a 33-30 victory on the road over the Eagles.

The bottom third comprised Arizona, Buffalo, the Giants, Minnesota, Washington, the Jets, Pittsburgh and Carolina, with Oakland and Tampa Bay tying for 29th. Then came Cleveland, one of eight teams without a win. Finally, for the second straight week, Jacksonville was a unanimous choice for last place. The Jaguars have scored 11 points over two games.

THE RANKINGS

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 17, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

			W	L	T	Pts	Pvs
1. Denver Broncos (8)	2	0	0	380	2
2. Seattle Seahawks (4)	2	0	0	376	3
3. San Fran 49ers	1	1	0	353	1
4. Houston Texans	2	0	0	342	4
5. Green Bay Packers	1	1	0	322	6
6. New England Patriots	2	0	0	313	5
6. New Orleans Saints	2	0	0	313	6
8. Chicago Bears	2	0	0	301	10
9. Atlanta Falcons	1	1	0	292	8
10. Kansas City Chiefs	2	0	0	280	17
11. Miami Dolphins	2	0	0	264	18
12. Baltimore Ravens	1	1	0	253	15
13. Cincinnati Bengals	1	1	0	251	14
14. Dallas Cowboys	1	1	0	219	11
15. Indianapolis Colts	1	1	0	210	9
16. San Diego Chargers	1	1	0	190	25
17. Philadelphia Eagles	1	1	0	185	12
18. St. Louis Rams	1	1	0	183	16
19. Detroit Lions	1	1	0	163	12
20. Tennessee Titans	1	1	0	153	21
21. Arizona Cardinals	1	1	0	148	24
22. Buffalo Bills	1	1	0	124	28
23. New York	Giants	0	2	0	121	20
24. Minnesota Vikings	0	2	0	107	22
25. Washington Redskins	0	2	0	100	19
26. New York Jets	1	1	0	91	26
27. Pittsburgh Steelers	0	2	0	88	27
28. Carolina Panthers	0	2	0	66	23
29. Oakland Raiders	1	1	0	55	30
29. Tampa Bay Bucs	0	2	0	55	29
31. Cleveland Browns	0	2	0	26	31
32. Jacksonville Jags0	2	0	12	32


VOTING PANEL

John Czarnecki, Fox Sports
Tony Dungy, NBC Sports
Herm Edwards, ESPN
Bob Glauber, Newsday
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com
Jeff Legwold, ESPN/ESPN.com
John Lynch, Fox Sports
Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com
Jim Miller, SiriusXM NFL Radio
Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star Telegram

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