Vikings advance to 28th in AP Pro32 rankings

VikingUpdate.com
Posted Nov 16, 2013


A win has advanced the Vikings past other preseason playoff picks Atlanta and Houston, but they are still only 28th.

The Kansas City Chiefs will have a chance to prove they belong atop the AP Pro32 power rankings when they face the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The unbeaten Chiefs barely held onto the top spot this week in voting by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. Kansas City, off last week, earned 374 points and five first-place votes, while the second-place Seahawks had 373 points and five No. 1 nods.

The Broncos were third with 369 points and two first-place votes.

“Now we see whether the NFL’s last unbeaten team is as good as the record indicates,” wrote Newsday’s Bob Glauber, who had the Chiefs third behind Denver and Seattle. “Two of their next three are against the Broncos, and the outcomes could decide the divisional race.”

The Patriots were fourth in the tightly bunched AP Pro32 with 341 points, followed by the Saints with 340. The Panthers, Lions, Colts, 49ers and Bengals rounded out the top 10.

Still, the focus this week will be squarely on the Chiefs and Broncos.

Kansas City could be playing its biggest game of the season without wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who is facing a potential suspension after he was arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana on their bye weekend. The Chiefs were aware of the situation but had no comment.

Meanwhile, the Broncos will be playing again without coach John Fox, who is recovering from heart surgery. But they will have quarterback Peyton Manning under center, even though he hurt his already ailing ankles so much in last week’s win over San Diego that he underwent a precautionary MRI exam that came back negative.

“The hits just keep on coming for the Broncos — unfortunately, for Peyton Manning, too,” Glauber said. “He’s been taking a pounding the last few weeks. Not a good way to head into the first of two meetings in a three-week span against the well-rested Chiefs’ defense, but at least Manning will be in the lineup despite continued ankle problems.”

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy said the biggest question will be whether the Broncos can protect Manning. As for the Chiefs, Dungy said, “we’ll find out this week who they are.”

The Seahawks did little to hurt their claim on No. 1 with a 33-10 rout of the Falcons over the weekend. Winners of five straight, they host Minnesota on Sunday.

“Seattle is 8-2 in their last 10 road games and they don’t lose at home,” wrote Pat Kirwan, an analyst for Sirius XM satellite radio and CBSSports.com. “Missing three of their starting offensive linemen, the Seahawks went into Atlanta and put 33 points on the board.”

In this week’s other marquee showdown, the Patriots visit the Panthers on Monday night. New England is coming off a blowout of Pittsburgh that solidified its place in the AP Pro32’s top 5, while the Panthers vaulted into sixth place with a 10-9 win over the 49ers.

“The Panthers have allowed an NFC-low 115 points this season, an average of just 12.7 per game,” observed Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. “That’s an improvement of better than 10 points per game from a year ago.”

The Panthers have won five straight after a 1-3 start.

“This surging defense is built in Ron Rivera’s image — tough, physical and aggressive,” wrote Ira Kauffman of the Tampa Tribune.

The Bears started off the second 10, followed by the Jets, Packers, Eagles and Cardinals. The Cowboys were No. 16, followed by the Ravens, Chargers, Browns and Rams.

Despite winning its first game of the season, Jacksonville remained No. 32.

“My hat’s off to the Jaguars for never giving up and getting a win on the road this week,” Kirwan said. “They still may be the team with the first pick in the draft.”

THE RANKINGS

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 12, 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. Kansas City (5)	9	0	0	374	1
2. Seattle Seahawks (5)	9	1	0	373	2
3. Denver Broncos (2)	8	1	0	369	3
4. New England Patriots	7	2	0	341	6
5. New Orleans Saints	7	2	0	340	7
6. Carolina Panthers	6	3	0	315	10
7. Detroit Lions	6	3	0	309	9
8. Indianapolis Colts	6	3	0	302	4
9. San Francisco 49ers	6	3	0	299	4
10. Cincinnati Bengals	6	4	0	269	8
11. Chicago Bears	5	4	0	250	12
12. New York Jets	5	4	0	237	14
13. Green Bay Packers	5	4	0	232	11
14. Philadelphia Eagles	5	5	0	229	19
15. Arizona Cardinals	5	4	0	225	16
16. Dallas Cowboys	5	5	0	206	13
17. Baltimore Ravens	4	5	0	192	21
18. San Diego Chargers	4	5	0	185	15
19. Cleveland Browns	4	5	0	170	20
20. St. Louis Rams	4	6	0	145	26
21. Tennessee Titans	4	5	0	140	17
22. New York Giants	3	6	0	135	23
23. Miami Dolphins	4	5	0	134	18
24. Washington Redskins	3	6	0	114	21
25. Pittsburgh Steelers	3	6	0	101	28
26. Oakland Raiders	3	6	0	82	25
27. Buffalo Bills	3	7	0	80	24
28. Minnesota Vikings	2	7	0	54	30
29. Houston Texans	2	7	0	50	27
30. Atlanta Falcons	2	7	0	46	29
31. Tampa Bay Bucs	1	8	0	25	31
32. Jacksonville Jags	1	8	0	13	32


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