What the “experts” say about Vikings

The Associated Press came out with a ranking of all 32 NFL teams today, based on voting and comments from a diverse panel of “experts.” The Vikings, as you might guess, didn’t fare real well. They’re ranked 29th, while those pesky Packers are slotted — gulp — No. 1.

Here’s what the panel had to say about the Vikings, who are coming off a 3-13 season (each panelist’s ranking is in parentheses):

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 27): Jared Allen’s incredible year lost on poor season in killer division.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 27): Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen are two of league’s best players at their positions. Problem is other 20 spots in starting lineup.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 27): Vikings need Christian Ponder to come into his own, and Adrian Peterson to heal quickly.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 28): We weren’t sold on Christian Ponder coming into last year’s draft. No change in 2012.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 28): Once again, Jared Allen’s sacks total should far exceed Vikings’ win total.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 29): Second-worst record in league last year and you start season (at least) without your best player in RB Adrian Peterson.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 30): Biggest problem: division where Vikes are fourth-best team.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 30): Christian Ponder probably starts season without Adrian Peterson and WR Jerome Simpson. Winnable games are in Weeks 1 and 2.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 30): Health of running back Adrian Peterson (knee) leads list of offensive questions.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 30): Double trouble: trapped in tough division with erratic passing game.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 30): Win more than the three they won a year ago but not more than seven.

Chris Berman (ESPN, 31): Hard to climb in tough division with Adrian Peterson hurt.