22. Minnesota Vikings

Last Week's Rank: 27
Record: 2 - 6
This Week: W @ Panthers, 24-21
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The Vikings weren't really able to stop top rookie Cam Newton, but their own rookie QB played four quarters of turnover-free football and used Adrian Peterson to the full extent. Ponder got his first career win with 236 yards and a single touchdown, a 19-yard drop to Peterson in the second. Peterson also added a rather tame 86 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but it was enough to escape OT when the Panthers' Olindo Mare missed a 31-yarder to tie the game. —Tony Markovich