NEW YORK (AP) — That was quite the opener for the New England Patriots.
The defending champs dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 on Sunday night.
The Patriots not only remained on top of the latest AP Pro32 poll , but it was nearly unanimous.
New England received 11 of the 12 first-place votes for 383 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.
“The Patriots typically build momentum as the season goes on, but this year’s team picked up right where it left off, with a strong defense and an offense that doesn’t even look like it needs Antonio Brown,” said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback.
Next up for the Patriots: the rebuilding Miami Dolphins, who lost their opener by 49 points.
The Chiefs earned the other first-place vote and had 365 points.
“Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes picks up where he left off last season with a monster game against the Jaguars. He might be the most enjoyable player to watch in the entire league,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said.
“The Texans just learned what the rest of the NFL has known for years — never leave Drew Brees enough time to beat you,” said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.
“Look like NFC East favorites,” said Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki of Dak Prescott and the Cowboys.
Despite winning their opener, the Seattle Seahawks dropped three places to round out the top 10.
Source: Fox Sports