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NEW YORK (AP) - A close call on the field for the Atlanta Falcons, a near unanimous choice to stay atop the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
Atlanta (8-0) topped Dallas 19-13 over the weekend to remain the league’s only undefeated team. The Falcons received 11 first-place votes and 382 points Tuesday from The Associated Press’ 12-person panel of media members who regularly cover the league.
Houston totaled 363 points and Chicago had 362, with San Francisco receiving the other first-place vote and 348 points.
Despite the perfect record, not everyone’s a believer.
The Texans moved up a spot after their 21-9 win over Buffalo, while the Giants dropped four places after their third loss of the season. The Bears advanced two places after their 51-20 rout of Tennessee, and are set to host the Texans on Sunday night in a matchup of one-loss teams.
Many voters singled out the Bears‘ defense, which already has seven interception returns for touchdowns.
“Which offense would you rather have: Jacksonville’s or the Bears‘ defense?” asked CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge.
Houston, meanwhile, rarely gives up the ball. The Texans lead the lead with just six turnovers.
“The Texans haven’t had a turnover in five games this year,” notes the Chicago Tribune’s Dan Pompei. “If they can avoid one Sunday, they can beat the Bears.”
San Diego and New Orleans made the biggest advances, moving up six spots each _ the Chargers to 16th, the Saints to 17th despite a 3-5 record. Also, surprising Indianapolis _ 23-20 winners over Miami _ improved four places to 12th after starting the season 32nd and last.
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