NEW YORK (AP) - Comments on the Minnesota Vikings by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 11) - Nobody saw first place in mid-October coming
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 7) -
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
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
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.