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Ravens, Saints, 49ers are top 3 teams in AP Pro32 poll

by Ace Damon
Ravens, Saints, 49ers are top 3 teams in AP Pro32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) – Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens have made a lot of history this season.

They have won 11 games in a row, have the best NFL record in 13-2, and have a home advantage at home during the AFC playoffs.

And no wonder the Ravens remained at the top of the list in the latest AP Pro32 poll.

For the fourth week in a row, the Ravens garnered all 12 first-place votes for 384 points at Tuesday's polls from regularly covering NFL media.

With little to contend in the regular season final against rival Pittsburgh, Ravens coach John Harbaugh will rest with key players including Jackson and injured Mark Ingram.

The New Orleans Saints, in a race for first place in the NFC, remained in second place.

"With the help of record-breaking WR Michael Thomas, Drew Brees is eyeing a second Vince Lombardi trophy," said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.

The San Francisco 49ers moved up to 3rd place after knocking out current playoff NFC Los Angeles Rams champion on Saturday night.

Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City Chiefs moved up to 4th place after dominating the Chicago Bears at Solider Field on Sunday night.

And Green Bay Packers reached # 5 after beating Minnesota Vikings 23-10 and beating NFC North on Monday night.

"Matt LaFleur isn't getting much enthusiasm for coach of the year honors, but he should," said Bob Glauber of Newsday.

"He is the first coach in Packers history to reach the playoffs in his first season. Just as importantly, he has earned the trust of Aaron Rodgers."

The Vikings have dropped a spot to number 9 and will close the regular season against Chicago.

"With Kirk Cousins ​​in the quarterback, it is best that the Vikings hope their first playoff game is not in prime time," said SiriusXM's Alex Marvez.

Current Super Bowl champion New England Patriots has moved up to sixth place and will win a first game with a win against Miami.

The Seattle Seahawks dropped four places to 7th place following their 27-13 loss to Arizona's last-placed finish. The injury-ravaged Seahawks have signed with Marshawn Lynch, who ran for the final game of the regular season. They host the 49ers on Sunday night for the NFC West title.

"The Niners must deal with sold-out Seahawks on Sunday night," said John Czarnecki of Fox Sports.

Despite losing to the Patriots last week, Buffalo Bills climbed to 8th place. The Bills won seed number 5 in AFC.

The Houston Texans were in the same place to finish in the top 10. And the Texans received some welcome on Tuesday, when J.J. Watt's defensive end returned to training. Watt has been away since October 27, after rupturing a pectoral muscle, an injury that required surgery. It is possible that Watt can play when AFC champion South Texans opens the playoffs at home on the wildcard weekend.

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