NEW YORK (AP) — Unlike in baseball, an NFL team in Los Angeles is still on top of its sport.
The Rams (8-0) finished the first half of their schedule perfect with a 29-27 win over the Green Bay Packers.
After holding off Aaron Rodgers, the Rams will look to stay unbeaten when they face another top quarterback in their matchup against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
“The Rams keep finding ways to win,” said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback. “Next week they’ll face their biggest test yet, traveling to New Orleans for an NFC showdown.”
The Rams are the unanimous top team in the latest AP Pro32 poll for the sixth consecutive week. They received all 12 first-place votes and 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.
“Rams remain perfect with a comeback win over Aaron Rodgers’ Packers, and now it’s on to a critical three-game stretch against the Saints, Seahawks and Chiefs,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said. “If they remain unbeaten after that, can 16-0 be far behind?”
Kansas City remained No. 2 with 365 points, but New England, which was tied with the Chiefs last week, slipped to No. 3. The Patriots, who trail the Chiefs by only three points, host the Packers on Sunday night.
“(Tom) Brady vs. Rodgers next up,” Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki said.
The Saints remained No. 4.
And LA’s other team, the Chargers, inched up a spot to No. 5.
The Carolina Panthers, who were tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week at No. 7, moved up a spot, while the Steelers remained where they were.
The Washington Redskins, who are in first place in the NFC East, moved up two spots to No. 8.
The Minnesota Vikings dropped four spots to No. 9 after their 30-20 loss to the Saints.
And the surging Houston Texans, who have won five in a row, moved up two spots to round out the top 10.
“With eight sacks and four forced fumbles, J.J. Watt has recaptured his form as a dynamic game-wrecker, triggering a five-game winning streak after a 0-3 start,” said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.