NEW YORK (AP) - The top of the AP Pro32 power rankings is a tough spot to hold.
The Houston Texans became the fourth team in as many weeks to sit first overall in the rankings. Fresh off an impressive victory at Denver to go 3-0 for the first time, Houston replaced San Francisco as the No. 1 team in voting Tuesday by 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Houston earned nine first-place votes and 380 points.
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San Francisco dropped to a tie for fourth with the New York Giants. Previously, Green Bay and New England also held the top spot, then lost.
The other unbeaten teams, Atlanta and Arizona, were second and sixth, respectively. The Falcons got two first-place votes and 371 points, while the Cardinals had one and 335 points.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune gave the Cardinals the nod.
“It’s hard to believe they are the best in football, but they have beaten more good teams and answered more challenges than any other team,” Pompei said.
Rounding out the top 10 were third-place Baltimore, seventh-ranked Green Bay, No. 8 New England, No. 9 Seattle and No. 10 Chicago.
Last for the second straight week was Cleveland, which lost at home to Buffalo and is 0-3.
“Hope they’re not expecting Ray Lewis to hold a pity party for them Thursday night,” quipped Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
Of course, the Browns have a bit of an excuse, as Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News pointed out:
“The Browns have the youngest starting lineup in the NFL at an average age of 24.86 years,” he said.View Entire Story
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