Ravens nab top spot in power ranks
NEW YORK — Lamar Jackson has been one of the most dynamic players in the league this season.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback has 2,036 passing yards and 15 touchdowns, along with 702 rushing yards and six rushing TDs. Jackson went 15 for 17 for 223 yards and three touchdowns and added a dazzling 47-yard touchdown run in the Ravens’ 49-13 rout of winless Cincinnati, Baltimore’s fifth consecutive victory.
And Jackson and the surging Ravens have flown all the way to the top of the latest AP Pro32 poll .
Baltimore received seven of the 12 first-place votes for 375 votes in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.
“Shakeup at the top. The Ravens earned the top spot with the victory over the Patriots,” said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “How many No. 1s are we going to have this year?”
There have been three so far.
The New England Patriots, who were on their bye week, received the remaining five first-place votes for 372 points and moved up a spot to No. 2. The Patriots’ only loss this season came in Week 9 at Baltimore.
The San Francisco 49ers, who were the league’s last unbeaten team, dropped from the top spot to No. 3 after losing 27-24 in overtime Monday night to the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks moved up a spot to No. 4 and trail the 49ers by a half-game in the NFC West.
The NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers gained two spots to No. 5 after holding on to beat the Carolina Panthers 24-16.
And the New Orleans Saints fell four spots to No. 6 after losing 26-9 to the Atlanta Falcons, who entered the game with one win on the season.
49ers loss opens up West
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan easily could have played for a tie at the end of overtime and protected the 49ers’ safe lead in their division.
Instead, his decision to put the ball in Jimmy Garoppolo’s hands backfired, giving the Seattle Seahawks plenty of time to rally for a game-winning field goal that tightened the NFC West race significantly.
With a chance to drive to the winning score or burn precious time off the clock, Garoppolo threw three straight incomplete passes late in overtime, setting the stage for Russell Wilson to put the Seahawks in position for Jason Myers’ 42-yard kick that handed San Francisco a 27-24 loss for its first defeat of the season Monday night.
Lock back at practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Two players made their long-awaited debuts as the Denver Broncos practiced on Tuesday: rookie quarterback Drew Lock and free agent cornerback Bryce Callahan.
Lock landed on injured reserve to start the season after spraining his right thumb during an exhibition game against San Francisco in mid-August. The Broncos will have to make a decision on his status by Dec. 3. If they don’t activate him by that date, he’ll stay on IR and his season will be over.
Lock is one of two players on IR that the Broncos have designated for a possible return this season. The other is wide receiver Tim Patrick (hand), who returned two weeks ago.
NEW YORK — The New York Jets have placed tight end Chris Herndon and right guard Brian Winters on the injured reserve list, ending the season for both players.
Herndon broke a rib in the Jets’ 34-27 victory over the Giants on Sunday, while Winters dislocated a shoulder.
The Jets also announced Tuesday they signed linebacker B.J. Bello and promoted cornerback Kyron Brown from the practice squad.