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Crushing loss has Packers starting 18th as Bucs, Chiefs top opening AP Pro32 poll
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Crushing loss has Packers starting 18th as Bucs, Chiefs top opening AP Pro32 poll

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NEW YORK — When it comes to winning, Tom Brady is accustomed to leading the NFL.

After one week of the regular season, Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a familiar spot: on top of the first AP Pro32 poll of 2021.

The defending Super Bowl champs received nine of the 12 first-place votes for 381 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, who were routed by the Bucs in the Super Bowl, earned the remaining three first-place votes for 374 points.

Both the Bucs and Chiefs started defense of their respective conference titles with hard-fought victories. The Buccaneers opened the season with a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys and the Chiefs rallied in the second half to beat the Cleveland Browns 33-29.

"The Bucs and the Chiefs still look like they are the class of their conferences after one week," said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.

"There were some surprises in Week 1, though, which makes this first poll tough. Are the Packers really that bad? Are the Cardinals that good? Are the Raiders contenders to the Chiefs?"

The Browns start at No. 8 in the poll, the highest spot for any team that opened with a loss.

The Seattle Seahawks are at No. 3 after an impressive win at Indianapolis and will host another AFC South foe as they face Tennessee in their home opener.

The New Orleans Saints, who pulled off one of the bigger surprises in Week 1 with a 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers, are at No. 4.

"The surprise of the week," said Sirius XM's Alex Marvez. "(Quarterback) Jameis Winston and (coach) Sean Payton deserve the credit but don't forget about assistant GM and college scouting director Jeff Ireland, who helped unearth college free-agent standouts that have become key contributors like tight end Juwan Johnson (two touchdown catches)."

The Los Angeles Rams, another possible Super Bowl contender in the NFC, begin tied at No. 5 after routing the Chicago Bears 34-14.

"(Rams quarterback) Matthew Stafford is living the dream," Newsday's Bob Glauber said.

"After spending years in NFL purgatory with the Lions, he looked every bit as good as the Rams expected in an opening-night win over the Bears."

The Pittsburgh Steelers surged past the Buffalo Bills and are tied with the Rams at No. 5. The Bills, the defending AFC East champs, start off at No. 9.

The Arizona Cardinals, who earned a dominating victory over the Titans, are at No. 7.

"Chandler Jones and Kyler Murray were super, but can they maintain it over a 17-game season?" asked Fox Sports' John Czarnecki.

Jones had five sacks and Murray had four touchdown passes and one rushing TD in a 38-13 rout.

The San Francisco 49ers were the fourth team from the NFC West in the top 10 in the poll. 


The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 13, 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. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9)

1

0

0

381

8

2. Kansas City Chiefs (3)

1

0

0

374

1

3. Seattle Seahawks

1

0

0

334

5

4. New Orleans Saints

1

0

0

327

4

5. Los Angeles Rams

1

0

0

326

11

5. Pittsburgh Steelers

1

0

0

326

6

7. Arizona Cardinals

1

0

0

317

15

8. Cleveland Browns

0

1

0

291

12

9. Buffalo Bills

0

1

0

281

3

10. San Francisco 49ers

1

0

0

275

19

11. Los Angeles Chargers

1

0

0

264

18

12. Miami Dolphins

0

0

0

220

13

13. Las Vegas Raiders

1

0

0

215

17

14. Denver Broncos

1

0

0

213

25

15. Baltimore Ravens

0

1

0

211

7

15. Dallas Cowboys

0

1

0

211

23

17. Philadelphia Eagles

1

0

0

205

27

18. Green Bay Packers

0

1

0

180

2

19. Cincinnati Bengals

1

0

0

165

30

20. New England Patriots

0

1

0

160

21

21. Carolina Panthers

1

0

0

159

24

22. Indianapolis Colts

0

1

0

150

10

23. Tennessee Titans

0

1

0

135

9

24. Minnesota Vikings

0

1

0

121

20

25. Washington Football Team

0

1

0

116

16

26. Houston Texans

1

0

0

109

27

27. Chicago Bears

0

1

0

76

14

28. New York Giants

0

1

0

55

22

29. Detroit Lions

0

1

0

50

29

30. Atlanta Falcons

0

1

0

37

26

31. New York Jets

0

1

0

31

31

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

0

1

0

21

32

VOTING PANEL

Charles Davis , CBS Sports

Vic Carucci, Buffalo News/SiriusXM NFL Radio

John Clayton, 710-ESPN Seattle

John Czarnecki, Fox Sports

Tony Dungy, NBC Sports

Bob Glauber, Newsday

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports

Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com

Alex Marvez, Sirius XM

Jim Miller, SiriusXM

Charean Williams, Pro Football Talk


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