Flexible Cardinals regain first place in AP Pro32 poll
New York The Arizona Cardinals have done it again.
For the second time in three games, the Cardinal took a road win despite playing without starting quarterback Killer Murray and future All-Star DeAndre Hopkins as Colt McCoy led the way to a 23-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
And now the Cardinals go into farewell week once again on top of the latest AP Pro 32 poll.
The Cardinals received 11 out of 12 first-place votes to 383 points in a ballot Tuesday by members of the media who cover the NFL on a regular basis. The last of them was #1 in the survey after the ninth week.
“They’ve won twice on the road without Murray,” said Fox Sports’ John Czarnicki. The defense is still strong.
The Green Bay Packers slipped from second place after losing 34-31 at the Minnesota Vikings on a field goal as time expired.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers climbed three times to third as they found their level with a 3-10 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.
Another team that appears to have overcome recent struggles, the Kansas City Chiefs, jumped six places to fourth as they approached their farewell week. The Chiefs defeated Dallas, previously ranked third.
The Tennessee Titans, with the remaining 1st place vote, dropped three places to fifth after a traffic-filled loss to the Houston Texans.
To the chagrin of many fans across the league, the New England Patriots returned to the top spot in the East Asia region and performed their best as the season approached the second half. The Patriots finished two sixth-place finishes and hosted the Titans on Sunday in a game that could have a huge impact on the AFC knockout race.
Baltimore moved up two places to No. 7 after overtaking the Chicago Bears 16-13. Similar to the Cardinals, the Ravens also relied on a backup QB for a road win as Tyler Huntley led in the last minute five games, 72 yards for a winning touchdown with Lamar Jackson.
Dallas fell by five places to finish eighth after losing to the Chiefs and will be looking to reclaim winning ways when the Cowboys host Las Vegas on Thanksgiving Day.
The Los Angeles Rams have twice fallen to ninth despite being in a goodbye last week. The Rams will try to end their slip in two games as they head to Green Bay on Sunday.
“A defense with three permanent Pro Bowl players — DT Aaron Donald, OLB Von Miller and CB Jalen Ramsey — shouldn’t flop outside the top 10 in the NFL,” said Rick Gosselin of Talk of Fame Network.
“The Rams had a farewell week to fix whatever ails their defense—and it would have been better to fix it by Sunday…in what looms as a potential playoff. Los Angeles enters the game with a two-game losing streak and a 12th-ranked defense in the NFL.” .
The Buffalo Bills dropped five points to No. 10. They’ll have an early chance to bounce back after Sunday’s loss to the Colts as they traveled to New Orleans on Thanksgiving night. New Orleans has fallen five times to 19th.
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