Vikings fall to 11th in AP Power Rankings

The Vikings fell out of the top 10 after "they just got RG3'd" for their second loss of the season. See the complete rankings and the voter comments on the Vikings.

The Atlanta Falcons have soared to the top of the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings after another close win left them as the NFL's only unbeaten team.

Atlanta received 11 of the 12 first-place votes and 381 points from The Associated Press panel of media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Falcons, 23-20 winners over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, become the fifth team to be ranked No. 1 this season. Houston held the top spot the past three weeks but fell to fourth following its first loss, 42-24 to the Green Bay Packers.

The New York Giants moved up five spots to second following its 26-3 win over the San Francisco. The 49ers dropped two places to fifth. The Giants had one first-place vote and 364 points. Baltimore is third with 352 points.

Jacksonville fell to 32nd and last, replacing Cleveland after the Browns won for the first time and moved up to 30th.

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 16, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

Team…………….........W-L..Pts..Prev.
1. Atlanta Falcons (11) 6-0 381 2
2. New York Giants (1) 4-2 364 7
3. Baltimore Ravens 5-1 352 4
4. Houston Texans 5-1 343 1
5. San Francisco 49ers 4-2 340 3
6. Chicago Bears 4-1 334 6
7. Green Bay Packers 3-3 312 12
8. New England Patriots 3-3 300 5
9. Seattle Seahawks 4-2 290 15
10. Denver Broncos 3-3 268 15
11. Minnesota Vikings 4-2 251 8
12. Philadelphia Eagles 3-3 233 11
13. Washington Redskins 3-3 228 19
14. Arizona Cardinals 4-2 213 10
15. Pittsburgh Steelers 2-3 210 9
16. San Diego Chargers 3-3 201 13
17. Miami Dolphins 3-3 191 20
18. Detroit Lions 2-3 189 22
19. Dallas Cowboys 2-3 170 18
20. Cincinnati Bengals 3-3 165 14
21. New York Jets 3-3 148 24
22.St. Louis Rams 3-3 140 17
23. New Orleans Saints 1-4 135 21
24. Buffalo Bills 3-3 111 27
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-3 102 25
26. Indianapolis Colts 2-3 83 22
27. Tennessee Titans 2-4 76 30
28. Carolina Panthers 1-4 67 26
29. Oakland Raiders 1-4 55 28
30. Cleveland Browns 1-5 44 32
31. Kansas City Chiefs 1-5 24 29
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-4 16 31


COMMENTS ABOUT THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Overall rank 11th, voter rank in parentheses.

Chris Berman (ESPN, 14) — 4-1 looked too good.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 14) — Loss to Redskins hurt. Can't afford a losing streak in tough NFC North.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 17) — Not good enough to survive all the mistakes and turnovers in week six, time to right the ship.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 12) — Reality check for the Vikings, who see a three-game winning streak snapped when the defense fails to contain Griffin and the offense is forced to play catch-up. Not a good combination.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 7) — Adrian Peterson hasn't scored a touchdown since the opening weekend.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 11) — This is probably too high for the Vikes, but that defeat of San Francisco keeps me wondering if they're legit.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 11) — A previously sturdy defense had no answers for Robert Griffin III in the nation's capital.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 13) — A solid team with four wins but a 1-2 road record. I still think they get to a winning record for the year.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 13) — The Vikings are a good team, they just got RG3'd.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 10) — Back to earth for these overachievers.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 11) — Cracks in the foundation could be starting to show, but the Vikings still have a lot going for them.

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