NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are back in a familiar place at this point of the NFL season: play their best football and prepare for another Super Bowl career.
the first spot on the AP Pro32 vote on Tuesday, receiving nine of 12 first-place votes for 381 points in the polls by members of the media who regularly cover the NFL.
The Patriots (10-2) have won eight in a row and are approaching another title of the AFC East.
"The Patriots have come a long way since losing two of their first four games," said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. "They look a lot like the 2014 version."
The Minnesota Vikings, who also have a 10-2 record and an eight-game winning streak, received two votes in the first place and moved up to No. 2.  "It's time to recognize that the Vikings are a serious Super Bowl threat behind a fierce defense and a third-string quarterback playing at the Pro Bowl level, "said Ira Kaufman of SB Nation Radio.
The Philadelphia Eagles (10-2), which saw its run of nine wins in a loss in Seattle, received the other first-place vote and dropped two spots to No. 3.
"Showdown with Rams", "John Czarnecki" of Fox Sports said of Sunday's game in Los Angeles among the first-place teams.
The Eagles stay on the West Coast this week and are establishing a camp in Orange County.
Despite a 10-2 record and a seven-game winning streak, the Pittsburgh Steelers slipped to fourth place.
The Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, both 9-3 and leading their divisions, remained in the numbers 5 and 6.
The Seattle Seahawks, just one game behind the Rams in the NFC West , they went up two places to No. 7 after beating the Eagles.
a place at No. 8 after losing to the Saints. The Panthers face another challenge in Week 14 when they host the Vikings.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, tied for first in the AFC South with 8-4, each won one place and completed the top 10.  –
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