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The New York Giants, meanwhile, fell four places to No. 10 after losing to Cincinnati, which improved five spots to No. 17.

“Another year, another second-half swoon for the Giants,” noted Newsday’s Glauber. “This time, Eli Manning’s the biggest issue; no TD passes in his last three games. That hasn’t happened since his rookie season.”

The New York Jets are sliding, too, down to 26th after their third straight loss.

“This team is a mess, no matter what Rex Ryan or anyone says,” said Sporting News’ Brown.

Philadelphia is trending downward, as well, falling four places to No. 24 after its fifth straight loss. Eagles coach Andy Reid is under fire, quarterback Michael Vick has a concussion, and rookie Nick Foles might wind up starting in Sunday’s game against Washington.

“In two months, there won’t be enough brooms for this housecleaning,” said the Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman.

Indianapolis remained 12th after its win over Jacksonville. The Colts are at the Patriots this weekend.

“Andrew Luck takes the baton from Peyton Manning in the Colts-Patriots rivalry,” Glauber said. “Win or lose, Colts very much in the playoff hunt.”

Don’t count out New Orleans, either. The Saints jumped four places into a 13th-place tie with Tampa Bay.

“Right now they probably deserve to be higher … but they have early failures that can’t go away just yet,” said SiriusXM NFL Radio/’s Pat Kirwan. “New Orleans is running the ball, Brees is unstoppable, and the defense is getting more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.”

Jacksonville is No. 32 and last.

“Mike Mularkey has taken to throwing things. And some think his throws have been more impressive than Blaine Gabbert’s,” the Chicago Tribune’s Dan Pompei said.


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