Ea­gles re­main No. 1 in the lat­est AP Pro32 poll

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS - BY SIMMI BUTTAR

De­spite a week off, the Philadel­phia Ea­gles are still on a roll. The Ea­gles, one of two teams on a seven-game win­ning streak, main­tained their top spot in the lat­est AP Pro 32 poll .

Philadel­phia re­ceived all 12 first-place votes for 384 points Tues­day in bal­lot­ing by me­dia mem­bers who reg­u­larly cover the NFL.

The Ea­gles (8-1) are com­ing off their bye and face NFC East ri­val the Dal­las Cow­boys on Sun­day night.

The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, who have won five in a row and are com­ing off a 41-16 rout of the reel­ing Den­ver Bron­cos, moved up a spot to No. 2.

“Af­ter a shaky start, the Pats are start­ing to look like them­selves be­hind a resur­gent de­fence,” said Ira Kauf­man of SB Na­tion Ra­dio. “That’s a bad look for the rest of the AFC.”

The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers slipped a spot to No. 3. They open the Week 11 sched­ule, host­ing the Ten­nessee Ti­tans on Thurs­day night.

“Had a big scare in Indy,” Fox Sports’ John Czar­necki said of

the Steel­ers over­com­ing a 17-3 sec­ond-half deficit to top last­place In­di­anapo­lis 20-17. Both the Ti­tans and Steel­ers en­ter the matchup on fourgame win­ning streaks. And it’s the first of four con­sec­u­tive prime-time games for the Steel­ers be­fore their piv­otal game against the Pa­tri­ots on Dec. 17. The surg­ing New Or­leans Saints, who have won seven in a row since start­ing the sea­son

0-2, moved up two spots to No. 4.

“The Saints have fi­nally found a de­fence to go with Drew Brees’ of­fence, and the re­sults have been ter­rific,” News­day’s Bob Glauber said. “Yes, the Saints are back in the Su­per Bowl con­ver­sa­tion.”

The Los An­ge­les Rams and Min­nesota Vik­ings, both on four-game win­ning streaks, are next at Nos. 5 and 6. Those teams will meet this week­end in Min­neapo­lis.

“We’ll get a lot bet­ter idea of whether the Rams are real af­ter Sun­day’s game in Min­nesota,” said Alex Marvez of The Sport­ing News.

The Kansas City Chiefs, who are com­ing off a bye, re­mained at No. 7 and re­turn to face the strug­gling New York Giants. For the Chiefs, it’s the first of two trips to the Mead­ow­lands in a three-week span.

The Carolina Pan­thers, com­ing off a 45-21 rout of the Mi­ami Dol­phins on Mon­day night, inched up a spot to No. 8 and now en­ter their bye week. “Cam New­ton is look­ing more and more like the Cam New­ton of 2015, which could mean good things for the Pan­thers mov­ing for­ward,” said Charean Wil­liams of Pro Foot­ball Talk.

The Seat­tle Sea­hawks, who lost Richard Sher­man for the sea­son with a rup­tured Achilles ten­don in their 22-16 win over Ari­zona on Thurs­day, moved up to No. 9. The Sea­hawks fin­ish off Week 11, host­ing the At­lanta Fal­cons on Mon­day night.

The Jack­sonville Jaguars and the Ti­tans, tied for first place in the AFC South, each moved up a spot to No. 10 and 11 re­spec­tively.


New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots tight end Martel­lus Ben­nett (88) is tripped up by Den­ver Bron­cos free safety Dar­ian Ste­wart (26) dur­ing the first half of an NFL game in Den­ver on Sun­day.

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