Packers take top spot in AP Pro32 poll after Patriots’ loss; Chiefs come in second

Green Bay Packers’ Jordy Nelson, a Kansas native and former K-State Wildcat, catches a touchdown pass in front of Seattle Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

NEW YORK — After the opening week of the NFL season, it’s so easy to overreact, given such a small sample.

 

That’s not an issue for the Green Bay Packers. They started the season last week at No. 2 in the first AP Pro32 poll and opened with a 17-9 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

And after the defending champion New England Patriots were routed in their opener, the Packers took advantage.

Green Bay grabbed the top spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll , which was released on Tuesday, receiving seven of 12 first-place votes for 376 points in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

“The Packers take the top spot because in Week 1, they looked like they finally have the championship-level defense to match their QB,” said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback. “A big test will be to see if they can keep it up this week against Atlanta.”

In all, six teams received a first-place vote.

The Kansas City Chiefs earned one of those first-place votes to reach 367 points, jumping five places to No. 2 in the poll after opening the season with a 42-27 win against the Patriots.

“That’s the best game of Alex Smith’s career, as the veteran quarterback shuts down any thoughts of anointing rookie Patrick Mahomes as the Chiefs’ starter,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said. “Smith obliterated Bill Belichick’s defense and made it clear Kansas City will be a major player in the AFC.”

Coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Reid coached the Eagles for 14 seasons and reached the playoffs nine times.

The Dallas Cowboys also earned a first-place vote and finished with 331 points, moving up five places to No. 3 after a 19-3 win over the rival New York Giants.

The Patriots fell from No. 1 to No. 4 and will look to rebound in New Orleans on Sunday against Drew Brees and the Saints.

“The soft Saints face a hard truth — they are catching an enraged Tom Brady on the rebound,” Ira Kaufman of SB Nation Radio said.

New England also received a first-place vote and trails Dallas by only two points.

The Atlanta Falcons stayed at No. 5 and will open their new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium when they host the Packers on Sunday night in a rematch of the NFC championship game.

The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers were tied at No. 6. Both received a first-place vote and have 327 points, trailing Atlanta by one.

Seattle, which lost to the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, dropped five spots to No. 8.

The Minnesota Vikings moved up six spots to No. 9 after opening with a win against the Saints. Minnesota faces a test this week when it goes on the road to take on the Steelers.

The Carolina Panthers gained three spots to round out the top 10.

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 11, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

W L T Pts Prv

1. Green Bay Packers (7) 1 0 0 376 2

2. Kansas City Chiefs (1) 1 0 0 367 7

3. Dallas Cowboys (1) 1 0 0 331 8

4. New England Patriots (1) 0 1 0 329 1

5. Atlanta Falcons 1 0 0 328 5

6. Oakland Raiders (1) 1 0 0 327 6

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (1) 1 0 0 327 4

8. Seattle Seahawks 0 1 0 297 3

9. Minnesota Vikings 1 0 0 282 15

10. Carolina Panthers 1 0 0 267 13

11. Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 0 261 17

12. Baltimore Ravens 1 0 0 248 22

13. Detroit Lions 1 0 0 244 19

14. Denver Broncos 1 0 0 243 18

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 0 0 210 12

16. Tennessee Titans 0 1 0 187 10

17. New York Giants 0 1 0 184 9

18. Miami Dolphins 0 0 0 180 16

19. Jacksonville Jaguars 1 0 0 177 27

20. Los Angeles Rams 1 0 0 153 30

21. Los Angeles Chargers 0 1 0 134 24

22. Arizona Cardinals 0 1 0 131 14

23. Washington Redskins 0 1 0 125 21

24. Houston Texans 0 1 0 121 11

25. Buffalo Bills 1 0 0 111 28

26. New Orleans Saints 0 1 0 89 23

27. Cincinnati Bengals 0 1 0 82 20

28. Chicago Bears 0 1 0 80 29

29. Cleveland Browns 0 1 0 59 31

30. San Francisco 49ers 0 1 0 37 26

31. Indianapolis Colts 0 1 0 28 25

32. New York Jets 0 1 0 21 32

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VOTING PANEL John Czarnecki, Fox Sports

Tony Dungy, NBC Sports

Herm Edwards, ESPN

Bob Glauber, Newsday

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

Ira Kaufman, SB Nation Radio

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports

Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com

Alex Marvez, The Sporting News

Jim Miller, SiriusXM

Jenny Vrentas, Monday Morning Quarterback

Charean Williams, Pro Football Talk

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