POWER RANKINGS: No losses, no changes in top 5, Pats No. 1
NEW YORK (AP) No losses, no changes among the NFL’s five remaining unbeaten teams in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings, with the New England Patriots again leading the way.
The Patriots collected nine first-place votes and 381 points for the third week in a row in balloting by the 12 media members who regularly cover the league. New England (6-0) beat the New York Jets 30-23 on Sunday.
The next four are Green Bay, Cincinnati, Carolina and Denver, all 6-0. The Packers received three first-place votes and 369 points.
Changes near the top are likely by next week with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday night.
”Pass rush will go after Rodgers,” says Fox Sports’ Jerry Czarnecki, who ranks the Packers fourth and Broncos fifth.
”Peyton Manning clearly isn’t at his best, and he may not be good enough against the Packers,” says Newsday’s Bob Glauber, adding that the showdown is ”matchup made in heaven.”
Miami (3-3) jumped six places to 14th after a second straight blowout win under interim coach Dan Campbell. The Dolphins play Tom Brady and the Patriots on Thursday night.
”The Dolphins had one sack in the first four weeks of the season. They have 11 in their last two games,” says the Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin.
”Belichick’s marauders can stop the surging Dolphins in their tracks,” notes the Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman.
St. Louis is on the rise, too, up three places to No. 13 after a win over Cleveland, and a home game coming up against the lowly 49ers, 26th this week.
”The Rams defense must be salivating at the thought of facing San Francisco’s lousy offense,” says Foxsports’ Alex Marvez.
Of the Rams, ESPN’s Herm Edwards says, ”Todd Gurley makes this a different offense.”
Indianapolis tumbled six spots to 17th after a loss to New Orleans.
”Fortunately for the Colts, they’re in the awful AFC South, which means 3-4 is still good enough for first place,” says Glauber.
Tennessee fell to the bottom of the rankings at 32nd, replacing Jacksonville.
”The Titans are still winless at home heading into November with a league-worst 0-4 mark,” says Gosselin. ”That is not a formula for success.”
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