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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
AP Pro32 comments about Vikings

Associated Press

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

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14)

Chris Berman (ESPN, 15) -- Quietly winning below NFC North radar.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 13) -- Probably the league's most pleasant surprise, with the much-improved Christian Ponder.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 14) -- Comment currently unavailable

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 14) -- Nobody saw this coming as the Vikes are on top in the NFC North. Only starting QB without and interception is the league's most improved player, Christian Ponder.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 15) -- Adrian Peterson's first 100-yard game since surgery. Just the beginning, says the NFL's most powerful runner.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 12) -- The Vikings are playing defense again -- and winning again.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 13) -- Their quarterback doesn't commit mistakes. Their defense is plugging holes. And they just ended an 11-game losing streak in the NFC North. Maybe it's time to get behind the Vikings.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 13) -- You can't dismiss these overachievers, not the way Christian Ponder is playing.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 13) -- Say what you want, not only are the Vikings 3-1 but they beat the 49ers and just handed it to the Lions. Ponder is one cool customer.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 12) -- The Vikings continued to impress. Christian Ponder has matured quicker than I thought he would and is playing very solid football.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 12) -- Running back Adrian Peterson's comeback, the quick development of second-year quarterback Christian Ponder and a staunch defense make the Vikings one of this season's biggest surprise stories.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 13) -- They keep answering challenges very impressively, but we still need to see more from Christian Ponder and company.

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