This is the dominance of the Denver Broncos: give up 48 points in one game and lengthen their lead in the latest Associated Press NFL power rankings.
After Peyton Manning passed for 414 yards and four touchdowns, the Broncos had a 51-48 victory over the Cowboys in Dallas on a wild Sunday afternoon.
New Orleans surged into second place, moving past Seattle after its first loss. The Saints are one of three unbeaten teams left in the NFL, and they earned NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy’s top vote.
Recalling the 2009 season when New Orleans beat Indianapolis, which was led then by Manning, Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin wondered in his comments whether a rematch of two of the all-time great quarterbacks was beckoning this February.
The Seahawks fell from second to third after losing 34-28 at Indianapolis. The Colts moved up from sixth to fifth. Kansas City is the other 5-0 squad, and the Chiefs inched up from fifth to fourth. Six points separate the Seahawks and Colts, from third to fifth.
The Chiefs are the turnaround team of the season so far, with new coach Andy Reid working wonders after last year’s 2-14 finish. Naturally, skepticism about their talent level still lingers.
The 49ers came in sixth. They beat Houston 34-3.
The New England Patriots fell out of the top five, from fourth to seventh after a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati. The Bengals moved up from 15th to ninth, one spot behind Green Bay despite beating the Packers two weeks ago. The Baltimore Ravens rounded out the top 10.
The New York Jets took a big jump from 23rd to 17th after a Monday night win over the Falcons in Atlanta. The Texans tumbled hard, dropped from 12th to 19th after their lopsided loss to the 49ers.