Patriots, Saints stay on top, Packers stay 4th in AP Pro32 poll

Patriots, Saints stay on top, Packers stay 4th in AP Pro32 poll

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Packers celebrate Tyler Lancaster fumble recovery, AP photo

Green Bay Packers players celebrate with defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster (95), who recovered a fumble during the second half of the Packers' 31-24 win over the Chiefs on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo.

NEW YORK — Halfway through the NFL's regular season, teams are starting to get bunched together in the standings. And in the latest AP Pro32 poll.

The New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers are tied for the second spot in the poll behind the defending champion New England Patriots.

The Patriots received 11 of 12 first-place votes for 383 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

"The Patriots are making a case for one of the best teams in NFL history and one of the best defenses in NFL history," said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. "Can they rinse and repeat in the second half of the season?"

The Saints received the other first-place vote, and both New Orleans and the unbeaten 49ers have 366 points. The Saints have a bye this week and the 49ers will open Week 9 on Thursday night when they head to Arizona and take on Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.

"The 49ers haven't been this good since the glory days of (Joe) Montana, (Steve) Young and (Jerry) Rice," Newsday's Bob Glauber said.

There are three ties in the top half of the poll. The Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs, teams headed in opposite directions, are tied at No. 8. The Colts, who have won three in a row, moved up two places. The Chiefs, who have lost three of four, slipped a spot as they await the return of injured quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills are tied for No. 12. The Cowboys kept their spot after their bye week while the Bills dropped four spots after being beaten at home by the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFC North rivals Green Bay and Minnesota are at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively. The Packers stayed put after topping the Chiefs on Sunday night, when Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes.

"When Aaron Rodgers is on his game, like he was at Arrowhead Sunday evening, few quarterbacks in NFL history can match his artistry," said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida. "The Chiefs are still shaking their heads at some of those throws."

The Vikings switched spots with the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off a bye and host the Patriots on Sunday night in one of the top matchups of Week 9.

"Can the Patriots slow down (Ravens quarterback) Lamar Jackson?" asked Fox Sports' John Czarnecki.

And the Vikings head to Kansas City on Sunday in another game featuring winning teams.

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks moved up two places to No. 7. And despite losing star defensive end J.J. Watt to a season-ending injury, the Houston Texans moved up four spots to round out the top 10. The Texans head to London to face the Jaguars on Sunday.

"Flying under the radar the past two weeks," Alex Marvez of Sirius XM said of Jacksonville. "Outcome of Sunday's game versus Houston will show just how real the Jaguars are."


The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 28, 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. New England Patriots (11)

8

0

0

383

1

2. New Orleans Saints (1)

7

1

0

366

2

2. San Francisco 49ers

7

0

0

366

3

4. Green Bay Packers

7

1

0

349

4

5. Minnesota Vikings

6

2

0

323

6

6. Baltimore Ravens

5

2

0

317

5

7. Seattle Seahawks

6

2

0

311

9

8. Indianapolis Colts

5

2

0

289

10

8. Kansas City Chiefs

5

3

0

289

7

10. Houston Texans

5

3

0

267

14

11. Los Angeles Rams

5

3

0

263

13

12. Buffalo Bills

5

2

0

258

8

12. Dallas Cowboys

4

3

0

258

12

14. Philadelphia Eagles

4

4

0

226

16

15. Carolina Panthers

4

3

0

220

11

16. Detroit Lions

3

3

1

203

15

17. Tennessee Titans

4

4

0

186

20

18. Jacksonville Jaguars

4

4

0

173

21

19. Oakland Raiders

3

4

0

166

18

20. Chicago Bears

3

4

0

158

17

21. Arizona Cardinals

3

4

1

140

19

21. Pittsburgh Steelers

3

4

0

140

22

23. Los Angeles Chargers

3

5

0

136

24

24. Cleveland Browns

2

5

0

111

23

25. Denver Broncos

2

6

0

89

25

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2

5

0

86

26

27. New York Giants

2

6

0

82

27

28. New York Jets

1

6

0

54

28

29. Atlanta Falcons

1

7

0

44

29

30. Washington Redskins

1

7

0

43

30

31. Cincinnati Bengals

0

8

0

21

31

32. Miami Dolphins

0

7

0

19

32

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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