NEW YORK (AP) As the league's only unbeaten team, the Carolina Panthers are on top of the NFL standings and the latest AP Pro32 rankings.
The Panthers received all 12 first-place votes in balloting by the 12 media members who regularly cover the league on Tuesday.
The Panthers (11-0) routed the Cowboys 33-14 on Thanksgiving.
''They are on quite a roll, NBC Sports' Tony Dungy said of Carolina. ''Fast, physical and having fun.''
They'll try to improve to 12-0 when they face the Saints on Sunday. A win will give the Panthers the NFC South title.
''The Patriots suffered their first and possibly last loss of the regular season last weekend,'' said Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News.
''New England has the NFL's best December record over the last 10 years at 41-7,'' he said.
''A real scare vs. Niners,'' Fox Sports' John Czarnecki said.
''Cincy needed that rout of St. Louis to regain its confidence,'' ESPN's Herm Edwards said.
''(Coach) Mike Zimmer has molded a defense in his image - physical and relentless,'' said Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
''The hottest team in the AFC has won five in a row,'' Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram said of the Chiefs, who are 6-5 this season and in second place in the AFC West.
The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers round out the top 10.
''Just when you thought the Packers had come out of their midseason wobble after a commanding road win over the Vikings, they go belly-up at home to the Bears on Thanksgiving,'' Newsday's Bob Glauber said. ''Aaron Rodgers' first six games: 15 TDs, two INTs, 6-0 record. Last five games: nine TDs, two INTs, 1-4 record.''
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