NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Minnesota Vikings by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (18)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 21) - September was nice, huh?
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 28) - Adrian Peterson is an all-time great, but Christian Ponder's slump is stifling the offense.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 16)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 21) - QB has taken a turn for the worse and that coincides with three losses in last four games.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 16) - More issues for quarterback Christian Ponder, who hasn't even hit 65 passing yards in two of his last three games. Leslie Frazier says Ponder's job isn't on the line, but Joe Webb might want to keep that arm loose just in case.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 13) - Adrian Peterson has rushed for 100 yards in each of his last three games to surge into the NFL rushing lead with 957 yards. He has a 163-yard edge on runner-up Doug Martin of Tampa Bay.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 15) - Not even Adrian Peterson can save these guys from another so-so finish. The schedule just won't allow it.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 16) - Christian Ponder needs to find his September self.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 15) - Christian Ponder is struggling and unless he improves quickly the two game losing streak will grow no matter how many yards AP runs for each week.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 17) - A valiant effort from Adrian Peterson was wasted in Seattle as they can't throw the football right now. A defense that started the season playing great has forgotten how to tackle.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 16) - As I wrote last week, the Vikings face two challenges in the second half of the season: Getting second-year quarterback Christian Ponder back on track and compensating for the loss of cornerback Chris Cook (wrist). They failed in both regards during last Sunday's loss to Seattle.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 14) - Adrian Peterson is a one-man gang. Unfortunately, it takes more than one man to play offense in the NFL.