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“The Giants have been very inconsistent and to me it starts up front on both sides of the ball,” said John Lynch of Fox Sports. “This D-line that has been so feared and integral to their success and championships in recent years needs to start dominating!”

Pittsburgh, in a playoff fight with Baltimore and Cincinnati, improved three spots to 11th with a win over the Ravens.

“They likely salvaged their season in an unlikely venue _ Baltimore,” noted Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.

Kansas City, with an emotional win over Carolina, moved up two places from last to 30th. Jacksonville fell to 32nd.

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