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NEW YORK (AP) - Still unbeaten, still No. 1 in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
The Atlanta Falcons easily retained the top spot following a convincing win at Philadelphia, with the New York Giants edging the Houston Texans for second place in the latest rankings.
The league’s only undefeated team received nine first-place votes and 319 points Tuesday from 10 of the 12 media members on The Associated Press panel reporting their ballots.
The Giants had the other first-place vote and 303 points, two more than the third-place Texans as the top seven teams held steady from a week ago.
Indianapolis made the biggest move, advancing eight spots to No. 16 after a win over Tennessee. Miami, Detroit and Tampa Bay each moved up seven spots. The Dolphins are 11th, the Lions 14th, and the Buccaneers 19th.
San Diego and New Orleans took the biggest tumbles, each dropping six places _ the Chargers to 22nd, the Saints to 23rd.
After Matt Ryan threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns in Atlanta’s 30-17 over the Eagles, the voters were raving about the Falcons.
“Most impressive win of the year. Over 50 percent of 7-0’s make the Super Bowl,” said ESPN’s Chris Berman.
“Crushing Philadelphia after the Eagles’ bye convinced me: No one is better,” said CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge.
“Those Matt Ryan MVP chants are getting louder, and with good reason,” said the Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman.
The Giants, who blew a 23-point lead but hung on to beat Dallas 29-24, are still tops with one voter, who took things a few steps further.
“How would an Eli Manning-Peyton Manning Super Bowl strike you?” asked the Chicago Tribune’s Dan Pompei.
The Texans had a week off, but head into Week 9 at 6-1, the best record in the AFC. Buffalo visits on Sunday.
“The Texans win their division by the first of December,” said Judge, who voted Houston third behind Atlanta and Chicago. “I haven’t seen a race this easy to call since Secretariat ran the Belmont.”
Speaking of horses, the Colts galloped past a bunch of teams following a 19-13 overtime win over the Titans. Voters are actually talking playoff possibilities.
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