The beams take first place in the AP Pro32 survey; Cards drop to 4th place
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Aaron Rodgers’ return helped lift the Green Bay Packers four places to the top of the latest AP Pro32 poll.
Rodgers missed the Packers’ Week 9 loss in Kansas City after testing positive for COVID-19. However, the best player of the game returned to claim a 17-0 win on Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers received six out of 12 first-place votes to 378 on Tuesday’s poll by members of the media who cover the NFL on a regular basis.
“A defense coming in and (running back) A.J. Dillon packs a punch, winning without Rodgers throwing a punch,” Fox Sports’ John Czarnicki said.
The Tennessee Titans, who won six times in a row, had six remaining first-place votes to 375 points to remain in second place.
The top-ranked Dallas Cowboys moved up four places all the way to third after defeating the Atlanta Falcons. The Cowboys head to Kansas City to face Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday in one of their best games of Week 11. The Chiefs climbed five places to move closer to the top ten after beating the Las Vegas Raiders 41-14.
“Now that Rodgers is back, The Packers are my pick this week,” said Pro Football Talk’s Charyn Williams.
“The Titans, perhaps, have the most impressive CV to date. The Cowboys were impressive on Sunday, but last week’s game against the Broncos is hard to overlook. This was a defeat against a team that was steered by the Eagles this week.
“It looks like the Chiefs are back, but I need to see her again this week against the Cowboys to be sure.”
The Arizona Cardinals, the top team last week, dropped three places to fourth after losing 34-10 to the Carolina Panthers.
The Buffalo Bills rebounded after the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars by dominating the New York Jets 45-17 and took two spots to fifth.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped three places to sixth after losing their second straight game, this one to Washington. The Bucs will finish week 11 when they host the New York Giants on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Rams also dropped to second in a row and fell three times to seventh after losing to the San Francisco 49ers 31-10 Monday night.
“Matthew Stafford threw three league-leading interceptions for relegation last season when he was the Detroit Lions quarterback,” said Rick Gosselin of Talk of Fame Network.
“He has now thrown down tackles in back-to-back games this month for the Rams. Joe Burrow (Bengals), Derek Carr (Raiders), Mac Jones (Patriots) and Matt Ryan (Falcons) have also thrown two hit interceptions this season.”
Don’t look now, but the New England Patriots are back in the top 10. The Patriots, who climbed four places to eighth, have won four places in a row and follow the Bills by just half a game in the East Asia region. The Patriots, coming from Cleveland 45-7, will open Week 11 when they head to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Thursday.
“The Patriots are looking like contenders again, with rookie Mac Jones feeling more comfortable each week and (coach) Bill Belichick making his team play the kind of smart football that helped create a dynasty,” said Newsday’s Bob Glober.
“Jones is no Tom Brady, but he looks good enough to get this team back into the championship.”
The Baltimore Ravens dropped three places to ninth after losing last week in Miami.
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