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Associated Press, Published October 09 2012

Vikings move to 8th in AP Pro32 power rankings

NEW YORK — The unbeaten Houston Texans have tightened their grip on the top spot in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings, with Indianapolis making the biggest gain after its upset of Green Bay.

The Minnesota Vikings moved up six spots to No. 8 after their win over Tennessee Sunday afternoon.

The Texans improved to 5-0 with a 23-17 win over the New York Jets on Monday night. They received 10 of the 12 first-place votes and 382 points Tuesday from the 12-person panel of media members who regularly cover the NFL.

Atlanta, the NFL's only other unbeaten team, remains second with 336 points. San Francisco receives two first-place votes and 333 points to stay third.

The Colts jumped nine spots to 22nd after they rallied to beat the Packers 30-27 on Sunday in their first game without coach Chuck Pagano, who is being treated for leukemia.

Cleveland, the league's lone winless team, is 32nd and last.

Voter comments about the Minnesota Vikings

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

Chris Berman (ESPN, 11) — Nobody saw first place in mid-October coming

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 7) — Percy Harvin has become a trendy pick for MVP consideration, but he deserves it.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 9)

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 9) — Right now Leslie Frazier is the front runner for Coach of the Year.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 7) — The surprise team of the season so far, as the Vikings keep finding new ways to win. One week it's Christian Ponder, another week it's Adrian Peterson, and this time it's Percy Harvin.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 6) — The Black & Blue division has three defenses in the top 10 — Bears at 6, Vikings at 7 and Lions at 9.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 7) — This is the most surprising team out there. I don't know how Leslie Frazier is doing it, but it's great to have the Vikings back on the map.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 9) — Even with Jared Allen off to a slow start, this defense is getting after people.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 8) — Say what you want, call it a surprise, this team wins and Christian Ponder is the real deal.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 10) — The Vikings continue to impress. Percy Harvin has been unleashed and the league is struggling to find an answer. The defense has been very good.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 7) — The end of quarterback Christian Ponder's 145-pass streak without an interception was the only bummer for Minnesota in a 30-7 thrashing of Tennessee.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 12) — They have done everything the good teams do except convince everyone they can do it for 16 games.

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