Vikings move up one in AP Pro32 rankings

The Vikings moved up one spot in the AP Pro32 rankings after another win but still aren’t in the top 20.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers hung onto the NFL’s top spot after a closer-than-expected win against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Packers (10-3) received nine of 12 first-place votes Tuesday in the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a media panel that regularly covers the league.

The Packers led 31-7 at the half before getting a 43-37 victory over the Falcons on Monday night.

“(Packers) defense looked very shaky in home win,” Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki said.

The New England Patriots (10-3) earned two first-place votes and remained No. 2 after their 23-14 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.

“An impressive road win in San Diego,” ESPN’s Herm Edwards said of the Patriots. “Darrelle Revis is making a huge impact for that defense.”

With tiebreakers against the other AFC division leaders, the Patriots are in a strong position to grab the top seed in the AFC. They can clinch the AFC East again with a victory at home over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Tom Brady has been a screaming maniac on the sidelines this year. A very simple reason why: He knows this can be a special season — a Super Bowl season — and he wants to make certain everyone around him is prepared to seize the moment,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said.

The Seattle Seahawks (9-4) grabbed the other first-place vote and moved up from No. 5 to No. 3 after a 24-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

“We’re now seeing a Seattle team that looks a lot like last year’s Super Bowl winner, and that identity is returning at the right time in the season,” said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback said.

The Denver Broncos (10-3) and the Eagles (9-4) each dropped one spot to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

The Arizona Cardinals (10-3) moved up to No. 6 after a 17-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs that ended a two-game losing streak.

“The Cardinals will probably make the playoffs, but a four-game stretch in which Arizona hasn’t scored more than 18 points doesn’t bode well for upcoming games against St. Louis and Seattle,”’s Alex Marvez said.

The Indianapolis Colts (9-4), who can clinch the AFC South got a win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, are at No. 7.

“The Colts are overcoming both the opposition and themselves of late,” Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News said.

The Detroit Lions (9-4), Dallas Cowboys (9-4) and Baltimore Ravens (8-5) rounded out the top 10.

The Eagles and Cowboys play Sunday night in a matchup that could go a long way toward deciding the NFC East title.

It’s a rematch of Philadelphia’s 33-10 win on Thanksgiving. The game is in Philadelphia, but the Cowboys are 6-0 on the road this season.

“Will they finally win a must-win game in December?” NBC Sports’ Tony Dungy asked of the Cowboys.

The Washington Redskins (3-10), who have lost five in a row, fell to No. 30 ahead of only the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, who are both 2-11.

Robert Griffin III has already had more lives in the nation’s capital than Richard Nixon,” said Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.


The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 2, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:
Team W-LPrev Pts
1. Green Bay Packers (9) 10-31 381
2. New England Patriots (2) 10-32 373
3. Seattle Seahawks (1) 9-45 358
4. Denver Broncos 10-33 351
5. Philadelphia Eagles 9-44 324
6. Arizona Cardinals 10-37 323
7. Indianapolis Colts 9-46 309
8. Detroit Lions 9-48 305
9. Dallas Cowboys 9-410 294
10. Baltimore Ravens 8-513 265
11. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-516 264
12. Cincinnati Bengals 8-4-19 253
13. San Diego Chargers 8-511 252
14. Kansas City Chiefs 7-614 210
15. Houston Texans 7-619 200
16.Miami Dolphins 7-615 195
16. Buffalo Bills 7-617 195
18. San Francisco 49ers 7-612 193
19. St. Louis Rams 6-721 178
20. Cleveland Browns 7-618 162
21. Carolina Panthers 4-8-125 134
22. Minnesota Vikings 6-723 130
23. Atlanta Falcons 5-822 128
24. New Orleans Saints 5-820 112
25. Chicago Bears 5-824 97
26. New York Giants 4-927 91
27. Oakland Raiders 2-1132 59
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-1126 56
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-1128 47
30. Washington Redskins 3-1028 39
31. New York Jets 2-1131 36
32. Tennessee Titans 2-1130 22

Viking Update Top Stories