Playing cards, Pack, Bucs, Pats, Chiefs are nonetheless the highest 5 within the AP Professional32 ballot
NEW YORK – Sometimes it’s lonely upstairs.
Except for the latest AP Pro32 poll.
The top 5 teams all know each other pretty well as they haven’t changed from last week.
The Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs stayed at the top of the rankings.
The Cardinals received 11 of the top 12 for 382 points in Tuesday’s vote from media members who regularly cover the NFL.
The Cardinals will end Week 14 when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.
“Kyler Murray is back after a three-week absence and the Cardinals will look like an offensive juggernaut again if they become the first 10-win team of the season,” said Rick Gosselin of the Talk of Fame Network.
“Murray didn’t look rusty at all in Chicago, enough for two touchdowns and charging over the bears for two more in Arizona’s frenzy. That brought Murray back to the NFL MVP discussion.”
The Rams, who got the Jaguars to end a streak of three games, won a spot to round out the top 10 in the poll.
The Packers who said goodbye earned the remaining vote for first place and also have a prime-time game in week 14 as they play rival Bears on Sunday night.
The Buccaneers handled the Falcons in Atlanta and are now getting ready to host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Bills lost two spots to 9th after losing 14-10 to the Patriots at home in stormy conditions.
“(Bill’s QB) Josh Allen just didn’t end up delivering when he had to,” said Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki.
The Patriots win, with rookie quarterback Mac Jones completing only two out of three passes for 19 yards during the entire game, put them in control of AFC East as they head into their goodbye week.
“Bill Belichick is number one for the AFC East with a rookie quarterback who used a brilliant strategy to take a road win in Buffalo in windy conditions,” said Newsday’s Bob Glauber. “There is your coach of the year.”
The Chiefs have won five in a row after the Broncos closed on Sunday night and will try to stay hot as they host the swaying Raiders on Sunday.
The Baltimore Ravens stayed in 6th place, despite losing 20:19 to rivals Pittsburgh Steelers in the final seconds after a failed 2-point attempt. The Ravens will be looking to recover on Sunday when they head to Cleveland to face the Browns for the second time in three weeks.
The Ravens were joined in 6th place by the Tennessee Titans, who moved up two places despite saying goodbye to their goodbyes.
The Dallas Cowboys climbed two places to eighth after beating New Orleans and are now entering a finals where they will face four NFC East opponents in their last five games to decide the division.
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