Houston received eight first-place votes and 376 points in balloting by The Associated Press’ panel of 12 media members who regularly cover the league. The Texans (11-1) are first for the fourth straight week.
New England has made a steady climb up the rankings thanks to a six-game winning streak.
“They can run. They can play defense. They have Peyton Manning. And they can’t lose,” said Clark Judge of CBSSports.com. “Yeah, I’d say the Broncos are complete.”
Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News noted the Texans and Broncos are the most balanced teams in the league because they are the “only teams that rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense.”
The New York Giants dropped a spot to eighth after a 17-16 loss to Robert Griffin III and Washington on Monday night, with the Redskins up two places to 14th. The Giants are the highest-ranked 7-5 team and are ahead of two 8-4 teams _ Chicago (ninth) and Indianapolis (10th).
The defending Super Bowl champion Giants have a one-game lead over Dallas and Washington in the suddenly tight NFC East race.View Entire Story
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