49ers ascend to top, Packers fall to 7th in AP Pro 32 poll

49ers ascend to top, Packers fall to 7th in AP Pro 32 poll

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Being the NFL's last undefeated team is never easy, and the San Francisco 49ers have bumped aside the New England Patriots in another category as well.

The 49ers are the first team besides the defending Super Bowl champs to sit atop the AP Pro32 poll this season.

San Francisco received seven first-place votes and 379 points to edge out the New Orleans Saints, who had the other five first-place votes and 374 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

"Jimmy Garoppolo is seeing the field better than ever, as his near perfect performance against the Cardinals suggests," Newsday's Bob Glauber said. "He's the biggest single reason the 49ers remain the NFL's only unbeaten team."

The Saints stayed at No. 2 and attracted plenty of voters even during their bye week. Why? Drew Brees proved before the bye that he was back and healthy for New Orleans. And that's not all that's going on with the Saints.

"The biggest story in the Big Easy is a swarming defense that has allowed only two TDs in the past three weeks," said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.

New England tumbled from first to third after being beaten 37-20 by the Ravens, a loss that nearly allowed Baltimore to pass the Patriots in these rankings. New England finished with 356 points, just ahead of the Ravens (354), who ended the Patriots' undefeated start on Lamar Jackson's performance that put him into the MVP conversation.

"Any hopes for another 16-0 regular season were shattered in Baltimore as the Ravens took control from the start and exposed a lack of team speed that had been camouflaged through eight games," Kaufman said.

John Czarnecki of Fox Sports said Baltimore "ran right over the defending champs" while the Patriots' "offensive line headaches were exposed by the Ravens."

The Seattle Seahawks are the next threat to the 49ers, with a visit to San Francisco on Monday night, and they come in at No. 5, up two spots.

"If the season ended today, Russell Wilson is your MVP," Glauber said. "With 22 touchdown passes and just one interception, he's having the greatest season of an already great career."

Kansas City also moved up a couple spots to No. 6 after Matt Moore led the Chiefs to a 26-23 victory over the Vikings, dropping Minnesota three spots to No. 8. Now the Chiefs may have the reigning NFL MVP back for a road trip to Tennessee.

"The Chiefs flexed some surprising defensive muscle against Minnesota in ending an Arrowhead slide, setting the stage for a potential Patrick Mahomes return in Nashville," Kaufman said.

The road trip to Los Angeles dropped the Green Bay Packers three spots to No. 7. The Houston Texans can enjoy their bye after climbing a spot to No. 9, while the Dallas Cowboys' road win over the Giants bumped them up two spots to No. 10.


The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 4, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

 

W

L

T

Pts

Prv

1. San Francisco 49ers (7)

8

0

0

379

2

2. New Orleans Saints (5)

7

1

0

374

2

3. New England Patriots

8

1

0

356

1

4. Baltimore Ravens

6

2

0

354

6

5. Seattle Seahawks

7

2

0

325

7

6. Kansas City Chiefs

6

3

0

316

8

7. Green Bay Packers

7

2

0

313

4

8. Minnesota Vikings

6

3

0

291

5

9. Houston Texans

6

3

0

290

10

10. Dallas Cowboys

5

3

0

267

12

11. Buffalo Bills

6

2

0

264

12

12. Los Angeles Rams

5

3

0

256

11

13. Indianapolis Colts

5

3

0

251

8

14. Carolina Panthers

5

3

0

230

15

15. Philadelphia Eagles

5

4

0

229

14

16. Oakland Raiders

4

4

0

196

19

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

4

4

0

183

21

18. Detroit Lions

3

4

1

178

16

19. Los Angeles Chargers

4

5

0

170

23

20. Tennessee Titans

4

5

0

155

17

21. Jacksonville Jaguars

4

5

0

148

18

22. Arizona Cardinals

3

5

1

135

21

23. Chicago Bears

3

5

0

124

20

24. Denver Broncos

3

6

0

110

25

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2

6

0

98

26

26. Cleveland Browns

2

6

0

83

24

27. New York Giants

2

7

0

80

27

28. Atlanta Falcons

1

7

0

48

29

29. Washington Redskins

1

8

0

44

30

29. Miami Dolphins

1

7

0

44

32

31. New York Jets

1

7

0

32

28

32. Cincinnati Bengals

0

8

0

13

31

VOTING PANEL

John Clayton, 710-ESPN Seattle

John Czarnecki, Fox Sports

Tony Dungy, NBC Sports

Bob Glauber, Newsday

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

Ira Kaufman, Fox 13/Tampa

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports

Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com

Alex Marvez, Sirius XM

Jim Miller, SiriusXM

Jenny Vrentas, Monday Morning Quarterback

Charean Williams, Pro Football Talk


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