Friday, August 12, 2022

Brady, Books unanimous top team in latest AP Pro 32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) — During the first two weeks of the regular season, Tom Brady looks as good as ever.

Brady is a combined 56 for 86 for 655 yards with nine touchdown passes and two interceptions.

And led by a seven-time Super Bowl winner, the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers have opened the season 2-0 and are the unanimous top team in the latest AP Pro 32 poll..

The Bucks received all 12 first places for 384 points in a poll Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

“At 44 years old and after his seventh Super Bowl win, Tom Brady continues to push the limits of possibility,” said Newsday’s Bob Glauber. “Who says he can’t play for 50 years?”

The Bucs will head to Sophie Stadium in Los Angeles, the site of Super Bowl 56, in February to face the Rams in a matchup of unbeaten teams on Sunday. The Rams climbed three places for the No. 2 position.

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“We’ll get to see how well the new look, 2-0, Matthew Stafford Rams do this week when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” said Rick Gosselin of Talk of Fame Network.

“The last time Stafford quarterbacked his team for three consecutive wins was weeks 8 through 10 of the 2017 season with the Detroit Lions.”

The Kansas City Chiefs slipped one spot to No. 3 after a fall from the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. With the 36–35 win, the Ravens jumped nine places to reach number six overall.

“The Ravens showed they were going to be a contender, and Lamar Jackson finally got the Chiefs off their backs,” said Charen Williams of Pro Football Talk.

“Jackson now knows he can beat Patrick Mahomes. He looked confident before the game, but with a 0-3 record before Sunday, he didn’t have the proof. Now, he does.”

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The Arizona Cardinals and Las Vegas Raiders also started 2–0, taking the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. The cards moved up three places and the Raiders took eight places.

The Buffalo Bills, who bounced back from a 1-week loss and beat the Miami Dolphins 35-0 on Sunday, slipped two places to seventh in the voting.

San Francisco, the third 2-0 team in NFC West, has moved up two places to 8th.

Despite securing their first win of the season last week, the Cleveland Browns slipped one place to 9th.

And the Carolina Panthers, led by quarterback Sam Darnold, took a big step as they jumped 11 places to round the top 10.


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