Carson Wentz passing, AP photo

Philadelphia's Carson Wentz looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of the Eagles win over the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. 

Mike McCarn

NEW YORK — Halfway through the NFL season, some familiar teams have been playing especially well.

The dominating Philadelphia Eagles. AFC powerhouses the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots.

And Carson Wentz and his high-flying Eagles remained on top in the latest AP Pro 32 poll.

Philadelphia received all 12 first-place votes for 384 points Tuesday in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

The Eagles (8-1) have won seven games in a row and have the league's best record.

"The latest act in Carson Wentz's brilliant 2017 season was carving up a Broncos defense that was formerly the top-ranked in the NFL," said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback. "Eagles fans may be waiting for the other shoe to drop, but they are the best team in football right now."

The Steelers and Patriots, both 6-2 and coming off byes, kept the second and third spots.

The surprising Los Angeles Rams, coming off a 51-17 rout of the Giants at New York, jumped three places to No. 4.

"This dynamic offense shows no signs of letting up after leaving a slew of Giants dazed and confused in the Meadowlands," said SB Nation Radio's Ira Kaufman.

The Minnesota Vikings, who also were on a bye last week, remained at No. 5. The surging New Orleans Saints, who have six in a row, moved up two places to No. 6.

Both teams face road tests this week as Minnesota meets the Washington Redskins and New Orleans heads to Buffalo to play the Bills, who are undefeated at home.

The reeling Kansas City Chiefs, who have lost three of four after a 5-0 start, slid three spots to No. 7. The Chiefs have a bye this week before returning to action on Nov. 19 against the Giants.

The Dallas Cowboys, who have won three in a row, jumped three spots to No. 8.

"Dominated the Chiefs," Fox Sports' John Czarnecki said of the Cowboys' 28-17 win over Kansas City.

The Carolina Panthers, who trail the Saints by only a half-game in the NFC South, gained a spot to land at No. 9.

The Seattle Seahawks slid four spots to round out the top 10.

The Green Bay Packers fell from No. 16 to No. 18 after their third straight loss since losing Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone.


The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 6, 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. Philadelphia Eagles (12)

8

1

0

384

1

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

6

2

0

367

2

3. New England Patriots

6

2

0

360

3

4. Los Angeles Rams

6

2

0

333

7

5. Minnesota Vikings

6

2

0

330

5

6. New Orleans Saints

6

2

0

324

8

7. Kansas City Chiefs

6

3

0

309

4

8. Dallas Cowboys

5

3

0

302

11

9. Carolina Panthers

6

3

0

291

10

10. Seattle Seahawks

5

3

0

279

6

11. Jacksonville Jaguars

5

3

0

268

12

12. Tennessee Titans

5

3

0

241

15

13. Buffalo Bills

5

3

0

240

9

14. Washington Redskins

4

4

0

229

19

15. Detroit Lions

4

4

0

225

17

16. Atlanta Falcons

4

4

0

214

13

17. Oakland Raiders

4

5

0

180

23

18. Green Bay Packers

4

4

0

149

16

19. Baltimore Ravens

4

5

0

146

18

20. New York Jets

4

5

0

145

25

21. Los Angeles Chargers

3

5

0

144

21

22. Miami Dolphins

4

4

0

136

22

23. Arizona Cardinals

4

4

0

129

27

24. Houston Texans

3

5

0

123

14

25. Denver Broncos

3

5

0

121

20

26. Chicago Bears

3

5

0

94

26

27. Cincinnati Bengals

3

5

0

87

24

28. Indianapolis Colts

3

6

0

63

30

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2

6

0

49

28

30. New York Giants

1

7

0

38

29

31. San Francisco 49ers

0

9

0

22

31

32. Cleveland Browns

0

8

0

14

32

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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