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Associated Press, Published October 16 2012

Falcons soar to top of AP Pro32 NFL power rankings; Vikings 11th

NEW YORK — 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 receives 11 of the 12 first-place votes and 381 points Tuesday from The Associated Press panel of media members who regularly cover the NFL.

After its loss to Washington, Minnesota fell to 11th.

The Falcons, 23-20 winners over Oakland 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 Green Bay.

The New York Giants moved up five spots to second following its 26-3 win over 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.

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Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Voter comments about the Minnesota Vikings for AP Pro32

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.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 12)

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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