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Broncos become top team in AP Pro32 poll
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos dismantled the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. Then they delivered a convincing victory on the road against Manning’s younger brother and the rest of the New York Giants.
The strong start helped the Broncos hold off the Seattle Seahawks for the top spot in this week’s AP Pro32 power rankings, released Tuesday. The Broncos moved up one spot from second after receiving eight first-place votes.
After their commanding win over San Francisco on Sunday night, the Seahawks swooped in to take the other four first-place votes and settle in at No. 2. The 49ers, after tallying seven first-place votes last week, fell two spots to third.
Seattle, which was fifth last week, settled the debate until the rematch in December about which bitter NFC West division rival is better by beating the 49ers 29-3.
The Seahawks managed that even with a rough game by quarterback Russell Wilson, further highlighting their aggressive, punishing defense that’s still missing cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive ends Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin because of injuries.
Voters have even begun to envision a Denver-Seattle Super Bowl, as far ahead as February might be.
“Two come from behind wins. Is that good or bad?” the former Colts coach asked.
New England and New Orleans tied for sixth. Chicago was eighth, Atlanta finished ninth, Kansas City jumped seven spots to 10th, and Miami made the same leap to 11th. The Dolphins were the lowest of the eight unbeaten teams.
The Saints continued their creep toward the top, catching the eye of the panel with an uncharacteristically stout defense.
“My hat is off to Rob Ryan and the defensive product he’s putting on the field,” Kirwan wrote, praising the coordinator. “The Saints have given up 31 points in two games. Last year they gave up 75 points in the first two games.”
Added Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com: “Who Dat?!? The Saints’ defense wasn’t supposed to play this well in 2013.”
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