Cards, Pack, Bucs, Pats, Chiefs are still in the top 5 of the AP Pro32 poll

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Arizona Cardinals celebrate around defensive end Zach Allen after Allen’s pass over Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, December 5, 2021 in Chicago. The Cardinals won 33-22. (AP Photo / David Banks)

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Sometimes it’s loneliness at the top.

Except for the latest AP Pro32 poll.

The top five teams know each other well as they remain unchanged from last week.

The Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs all retained their places at the top of the standings.

The Cardinals got 11 of 12 first-place votes for 382 points in the poll Tuesday by members of the media who regularly cover the NFL.

The Cardinals will close Week 14 when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

“Kyler Murray is back after a three week absence and the Cardinals are looking like an offensive juggernaut again as they become the first team with 10 wins of the season,” said Rick Gosselin of Talk of Fame Network.

“Murray didn’t look rusty at all in Chicago, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more, in the Arizona battle against the Bears. This brought Murray back to the NFL MVP discussion.

The Rams, who routed the Jaguars to end a three-game losing streak, earned a spot to complete the top 10 in the poll.

The Packers, coming off a pass, won the remaining first-place vote and also have a prime-time game in Week 14 as they host rivals Bears on Sunday night.

The Buccaneers handled the Falcons in Atlanta and are now preparing to host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Bills fell two spots to No.9 after losing 14-10 at home in windy conditions to the Patriots.

“(Bills QB) Josh Allen just didn’t deliver when he needed to in the end,” said John Czarnecki of Fox Sports.

The Patriots’ victory, in which rookie quarterback Mac Jones completed just two of three passes for 19 yards for the entire game, put them in control of the AFC East as they entered their week of leave.

“Bill Belichick sits first in the AFC East with a rookie quarterback who just picked up a road victory in Buffalo with brilliant strategy in windswept conditions,” said Bob Glauber of Newsday. “This is your coach of the year. “

The Chiefs have won five in a row after shutting down the Broncos on Sunday night and will look to stay warm as they welcome the Raiders in shock on Sunday.

The Baltimore Ravens remained at No.6, despite losing 20-19 to rivals Pittsburgh Steelers in a failed 2-point attempt in the dying seconds. The Ravens will look to bounce back on Sunday as they travel to Cleveland to face the Browns for the second time in three weeks.

The Ravens were joined at No.6 by the Tennessee Titans, who gained two spots even as they come out of leave.

The Dallas Cowboys climbed two spots to No.8 after dominating New Orleans and now enter a home stretch in which they face four opponents from the NFC East in their last five games to decide the division.

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