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The result was the Patriots’ third loss in their last six games _ with Denver on tap.

“Tough loss on the road,” said former Chiefs and Jets coach Herm Edwards, now an analyst for ESPN.com, “but they’ll still win the AFC East by two games.”

The Colts, Niners, Bengals and Lions rounded out the top 10 in the AP Pro32. They were followed by the Bears, Eagles, Cardinals, Packers and Cowboys.