Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers top the first AP Pro 32 poll of the season
NEW YORK – Tom Brady is used to leading the NFL when it comes to winning.
After a week of the regular season, Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a familiar place: at the top of the AP Pro 32 pole ahead of 2021.
The defending Super Bowl champs got nine out of 12 first places for 381 points in a poll Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, who were defeated by the Bucs in the Super Bowl, took the remaining three first places for 374 points.
The Bucks and Chiefs both began their respective conference title defenses with hard-fought victories. The Buccaneers started the season with a 31–29 win over the Dallas Cowboys and the Chiefs defeated the Cleveland Browns 33–29 in the second half.
“The Books and the Chiefs still look like the class of their conferences a week later,” said Charen Williams of Pro Football Talk.
“Week 1 had a few surprises, though, which makes this first election tough. Are the Packers really that bad? Are the Cardinals that good? Are the Raiders a contender for the Chiefs?”
The Browns start at number 8 in the poll, which is the highest position for any team that opens with a loss.
3 after an impressive win in Indianapolis and will host another AFC South foe as they face Tennessee in their home opener.
The New Orleans Saints, who scored a big surprise in Week 1 with a 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers, are at No.
“Wonder of the week,” said Sirius XM’s Alex Marvez. “(Quarterback) Jameis Winston and (coach) Sean Peyton deserve credit, but don’t forget about assistant GM and College Scouting director Jeff Ireland, who helped unearth college free-agent standouts who played important roles like tight ends. Juwan Johnson (two touchdown catches) has become the contributor.
The Los Angeles Rams, another potential Super Bowl contender in the NFC, are tied at No. 5 after defeating the Chicago Bears 34-14.
“(Rams quarterback) Matthew Stafford is living the dream,” said Bob Glauber of Newsday.
“After spending years in NFL purging with the Lions, he looked every bit as good as the Rams expected in their opening night win over the Bears.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers overtook the Buffalo Bills and are tied with the Rams at No. The Bills, the defending AFC East Champs, starts at No.
The Arizona Cardinals, who won by dominating the Titans, are at number seven.
“Chandler Jones and Kyler Murray Were Super, But Can They Keep It Up in a 17-Game Season?” asked John Jarnecki of Fox Sports.
Jones had five sacks and Murray had four touchdown passes and a rushing TD in the 38-13 route.
The NFC West was the fourth team in the top 10 in the San Francisco 49ers poll.
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