Chiefs supplant Rams atop AP Pro32 poll; Saints remain No. 2

Chiefs supplant Rams atop AP Pro32 poll; Saints remain No. 2
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws on the run past Baltimore Ravens defensive end Brent Urban (96) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Source: Charlie Riedel)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes has had a special season so far.

A league-leading 43 touchdown passes.

A no-look pass against the Baltimore Ravens.

And he has led the Chiefs to the top of latest AP Pro32 poll .

The Chiefs received seven of 12 first-place votes for 379 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates as he runs off the field following an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The Chiefs won 27-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates as he runs off the field following an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The Chiefs won 27-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) (Source: Ed Zurga)

Kansas City (11-2) moved up a couple of spots to No. 1 after rallying for an overtime victory over Baltimore. The Chiefs clinched a playoff berth and maintained a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC West.

"There were no gaudy stats for MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes against Baltimore's rock-solid defense, but there were clutch plays in crunch time in an overtime win that may be the deciding factor in securing home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs," Newsday's Bob Glauber said.

The Saints (11-2) received the remaining five first-place votes for 376 points to stay at No. 2.

The Chargers (10-3) jumped two spots to No. 4 and travel to Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night to face the Chiefs to open Week 15.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) is tripped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Andrew Adams (26) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) is tripped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Andrew Adams (26) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) (Source: Jason Behnken)

"Can they beat the Chiefs?" Fox Sports' John Czarnecki asked of the Chargers.

The Rams, LA's other team, fell from the top spot to No. 3 after Sunday night's 15-6 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Rams return to Sunday night play this week when they host the Eagles.

"The Bears just proved you can shut down the Rams' offense if you can shut down (running back) Todd Gurley," said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida. "Difficult, but not impossible."

The Bears' win helped them move up one spot to No. 6.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) makes a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) makes a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) (Source: Jason Behnken)

The New England Patriots slipped a spot to No. 5 after their improbable 34-33 loss to Miami on the final play as the Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral to complete a 69-yard pass .

It was the longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time remaining in the fourth quarter since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Another team that fell in the poll after losing was the Houston Texans. The Texans slipped two spots to No. 7 after being defeated by the Colts 24-21 to end their nine-game winning streak.

The Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys each moved up a spot to Nos. 8 and 9 after winning at home last week. Both 8-5 teams improved their playoff position in the NFC.

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks) (Source: David Banks)

The reeling Pittsburgh Steelers, who have lost three in a row, dropped two places to round out the top 10. The Steelers, who have a half-game lead in the AFC North, host the Patriots on Sunday in a key AFC showdown.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) runs away from Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) runs away from Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (Source: Nam Y. Huh)