Ravens, Pa­tri­ots, 49ers re­main top 3 teams in AP Pro32 poll

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Simmi But­tar AP Pro Foot­ball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) >> La­mar Jack­son and the Bal­ti­more Ravens just keep on rolling.

The surg­ing Ravens, who have won seven in a row, re­tained the top spot in the lat­est AP Pro32 poll.

Bal­ti­more routed the Los An­ge­les Rams 45-6 on Mon­day

night to move to 9-2 on the sea­son.

The Ravens earned 11 of the 12 first-place votes for 382 points in bal­lot­ing Tues­day by me­dia mem­bers who reg­u­larly cover the NFL.

“I keep wait­ing for La­mar Jack­son and the Ravens to have a poor out­ing,” said Charean Wil­liams of Pro Foot­ball Talk. “It hasn’t hap­pened the past seven games. The Cleve­land game was the last time they looked like some­thing other than the fa­vorite.”

The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots (10-1) re­ceived the other first­place vote for 366 points to stay in the No. 2 spot.

“(Coach Bill) Belichick in con­trol of ev­ery facet as spe­cial teams whip Cow­boys,”

Fox Sports’ John Czar­necki said of New Eng­land’s 13-9 vic­tory.

The San Fran­cisco 49ers (10-1) fol­lowed close be­hind with 365 points and re­mained No. 3. The 49ers head to Bal­ti­more to face the Ravens in the top matchup of Week 13.

“Bill Walsh didn’t start win­ning Su­per Bowls un­til he had a de­fense to match the of­fense,” News­day’s Bob Glauber said. “The Nin­ers are now in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion for (coach) Kyle Shana­han, whose de­fense car­ried them to yet an­other con­vinc­ing win, this time against the great Aaron Rodgers.”

The Seat­tle Sea­hawks (92), the only team to beat the 49ers this sea­son, stayed No. 4.

“Led by their un­flap­pable quar­ter­back (Rus­sell Wil­son), the Sea­hawks are 6-0 on the road and still in po­si­tion to chase down the 49ers atop the NFC West,” said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.

The New Or­leans Saints (9-2) and Min­nesota Vik­ings (8-3) each moved up a spot to Nos. 5 and 6, re­spec­tively. The Vik­ings head to Seat­tle for a key game on Mon­day night.

The Green Bay Pack­ers fell two places to No. 7 af­ter get­ting routed on Sun­day night in the Bay Area. The Pack­ers, who are tied with the Vik­ings for first in the NFC North, have a chance to re­bound in the next two weeks when they face the New York Gi­ants and Wash­ing­ton. Both teams are tied for last in the NFC East at 2-9.

The Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) re­mained at No. 8 af­ter their bye week. The Chiefs can take con­trol of the AFC West this week when they host the ri­val Oak­land Raiders.

The Buf­falo Bills (8-3), off to their best start through 11 games in 23 years, have inched up to No. 9. The Bills will get a na­tion­wide au­di­ence on a short week as they head to Dal­las to take on the Cow­boys on Thanks­giv­ing. The Cow­boys (6-5) dropped to No. 11 af­ter los­ing to the Pa­tri­ots. De­spite the set­back, the Cow­boys still lead the NFC East.

“The New Eng­land loss marks the be­gin­ning of the end for Ja­son Gar­rett as head coach un­less this team makes a deep play­off run,” said Alex Marvez of Sir­ius XM.

The Hous­ton Tex­ans moved up one place to round out the top 10. The Tex­ans face a steep chal­lenge Sun­day night when they host Tom Brady and the Pa­tri­ots.

MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ

Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back La­mar Jack­son, right, is tack­led by Los An­ge­les Rams de­fen­sive end Dante Fowler dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game Mon­day, Nov. 25, 2019, in Los An­ge­les.

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