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Packers stay 6th, as Cardinals take top spot in AP Pro32 poll after crushing Rams
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Packers stay 6th, as Cardinals take top spot in AP Pro32 poll after crushing Rams

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NEW YORK — And then there was one.

After four weeks there is only one unbeaten team left in the NFL. To the surprise of many, it's the Arizona Cardinals.

And those Cardinals have flown all the way to the top of the latest AP Pro32 poll.

Arizona received eight of 12 first-place votes for 378 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

The Cardinals moved up four spots after routing the NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams 37-20. The Rams, who were on top a week ago, dropped to No. 4.

"The NFL's surprise team so far," Newsday's Bob Glauber said. "Kyler Murray is off to a spectacular start, helped by an elite group of wide receivers, and the defense smothered Matthew Stafford to give Arizona the lead in the uber-competitive NFC West."

Arizona will try to remain perfect as it hosts another division foe, the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills earned the other four first-place votes for 366 points as they moved up one spot to No. 2 overall. The Bills switched places with the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who slipped to No. 3 after a hard-fought 19-17 win over the New England Patriots in Tom Brady's return to Foxborough.

The Baltimore Ravens and the Green Bay Packers, who both have won three in a row, follow next. The Ravens improved two places to No. 5 and will close Week 5 when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

"The Ravens are off to a 3-1 start despite playing three of their first four games on the road," said Rick Gosselin of the Talk of Fame Network.

"The schedule turns friendly at this point - the Ravens won't leave home for the next five weeks. Their next road game isn't until Nov. 11. In the meantime, Baltimore will have consecutive home games against the Colts, Chargers and Bengals, then a bye, then another home game against the Vikings."

The Packers remained at No. 6 after topping the Pittsburgh Steelers and will look to stay on a roll as they head to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Chargers, fresh off handing the Las Vegas Raiders their first loss of the season on Monday night, climbed three spots to No. 7. Next up for the Chargers is the Cleveland Browns, who stayed at No. 8.

The Dallas Cowboys moved up four places to No. 9 as they have also won three in a row for the early lead in the NFC East.

For the second consecutive week, the Kansas City Chiefs rounded 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 Oct. 4, 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. Arizona Cardinals (8)

4

0

0

378

5

2. Buffalo Bills (4)

3

1

0

366

3

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3

1

0

353

2

4. Los Angeles Rams

3

1

0

344

1

5. Baltimore Ravens

3

1

0

321

7

6. Green Bay Packers

3

1

0

315

6

7. Los Angeles Chargers

3

1

0

313

10

8. Cleveland Browns

3

1

0

309

8

9. Dallas Cowboys

3

1

0

301

13

10. Kansas City Chiefs

2

2

0

279

10

11. Las Vegas Raiders

3

1

0

273

4

12. Carolina Panthers

3

1

0

255

9

13. Cincinnati Bengals

3

1

0

226

17

14. Denver Broncos

3

1

0

219

12

15. Seattle Seahawks

2

2

0

216

18

16. San Francisco 49ers

2

2

0

201

14

17. New Orleans Saints

2

2

0

196

15

18. Tennessee Titans

2

2

0

181

16

19. Washington Football Team

2

2

0

157

24

20. New England Patriots

1

3

0

155

21

21. Minnesota Vikings

1

3

0

148

19

22. Pittsburgh Steelers

1

3

0

124

20

23. Philadelphia Eagles

1

3

0

122

23

24. Indianapolis Colts

1

3

0

115

25

25. Chicago Bears

2

2

0

113

26

26. Miami Dolphins

1

3

0

82

22

27. New York Giants

1

3

0

75

30

28. Atlanta Falcons

1

3

0

65

27

29. New York Jets

1

3

0

54

32

30. Houston Texans

1

3

0

32

28

31. Detroit Lions

0

4

0

28

29

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

0

4

0

20

31

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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