NFL Power Rankings 2012 Week 13: Skidding Vikings losing ground

Dilip Vishwanat

The Minnesota Vikings are no longer being viewed as a top 15 team in the league following a disastrous loss to Chicago in Week 12.

Losers of three of their last four games, the Minnesota Vikings continue their mid-season slide down the power rankings of a number of top pundits from around the web.

Despite starting the year off at 4-1, Minnesota has fallen back to Earth in recent weeks to reach a 6-5 mark. SB Nation's Joel Thorman believes part of this has to do with the fact that the Vikings did not play Chicago or Green Bay earlier in the season, forcing him to drop the Vikings down two spots to No. 17 overall in his latest rankings.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco puts some of the blame on quarterback Christian Ponder. Prisco gave the Vikings the No. 17 spot in his rankings this week, but believes it's up to Minnesota's star quarterback to get this team back on track. "The fast start is being done in by an inability to throw the ball down the field," he said. "Christian Ponder has to do more."

Though they dropped down two spots from No. 14, the Vikings still managed to come in at No. 16 this week according to ESPN.com's updated rankings. The Vikings are ranked one spot behind a 5-6 New Orleans team, and exactly seven spots away from a 7-4 Green Bay Packers squad that sits just one game ahead in the standings.

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