The Atlanta Falcons easily retained the top spot following a convincing win at Philadelphia, with the New York Giants edging the Houston Texans for second place in the latest rankings.
The league's only undefeated team received nine first-place votes and 319 points Tuesday from 10 of the 12 media members on The Associated Press panel reporting their ballots.
The Giants had the other first-place vote and 303 points, two more than the third-place Texans as the top seven teams held steady from a week ago. Among that list, the Green Bay Packers remain No. 6.
Indianapolis made the biggest move, advancing eight spots to No. 16 after a win over Tennessee. Miami, Detroit and Tampa Bay each moved up seven spots. The Dolphins are 11th, the Lions 14th, and the Buccaneers 19th.
San Diego and New Orleans took the biggest tumbles, each dropping six places — the Chargers to 22nd, the Saints to 23rd.
After Matt Ryan threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns in Atlanta's 30-17 over the Eagles, the voters were raving about the Falcons.
‘‘Most impressive win of the year. Over 50 percent of 7-0's make the Super Bowl,'' said ESPN's Chris Berman.
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Here are remarks from some of the voters:
— Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune (had Packers at No. 6): They are managing to tread water through some injuries — that's the sign of a strong team.
— Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune (No. 7): Until Greg Jennings returns, this offense will continue to struggle.
— Clark Judge, CBSSports.com (No. 6): As Aaron Rodgers goes, so goes the Pack ... and he's going great now, with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions the last three games, all of them victories.
— Bob Glauber, Newsday (No. 6): That's three straight for a Packers team that is hitting its stride, thanks mostly to Aaron Rodgers showing his MVP form with two more TD passes against an unexpectedly tough Jaguars team.