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Well that didn't take long.The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots Los Angeles Rams T-Shirt , who met in the Super Bowl, switched places on Tuesday in the latest AP Pro32 poll .with the Patriots a close second.After the first week of the regular season, it's the Patriots on top with three of the 12 first-place votes and 367 points in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL.The Patriots opened the season with a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans. Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns."Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski put away any offseason speculation about their futures in New England by picking up where they left off," said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback. "Just as notable was the much improved performance by the Patriots' defense."The Eagles received six first-place votes for 366 points despite their sluggish 18-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons.The Minnesota Vikings remained at No. 3 with 363 points. In his first start with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins had 244 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers."Solid start for Kirk Cousins at quarterback," said John Clayton of 710 ESPN in Seattle.The L.A. Rams are close behind again at No. 4. The Rams earned the other three first-place votes for 360 points."After a shaky first half, Rams put on a clinic against the overmatched Raiders and show that (coach) Sean McVay's team looks ready to live up to the Super Bowl hype," Newsday's Bob Glauber said of the Rams' opening 33-13 rout of the Raiders on Monday night.The Jacksonville Jaguars moved up two spots to No. 5 and face a big test on Sunday when they host the Patriots in a rematch of last season's AFC championship game."The Jags have waited almost eight months to avenge a bitter loss in Foxborough that cost them a Super Bowl berth," said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.The Green Bay Packers jumped three spots to No. 6 after Aaron Rodgers led a remarkable comeback from a 20-0 deficit to a 24-23 victory on Sunday night after briefly leaving the game with a knee injury.The Packers will host the Vikings on Sunday in one of the top matchups of Week 2."Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were impressive in the second half Sunday, but let's be honest, the real test comes against the Vikings Los Angeles Rams Hats ," said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.The Kansas City Chiefs moved up six spots to No. 7 after beating the AFC West rival Los Angeles Chargers 38-28. The Chiefs will get another road challenge this week as they head to Heinz Field to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Carolina Panthers rose three spots to No. 8 after topping the Dallas Cowboys 16-8.The Baltimore Ravens leaped five places to No. 9 after routing the Buffalo Bills 47-3.The Ravens will open Week 2 when they head to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Thursday night."(The Ravens) look like AFC North favorites," Fox Sports' John Czarnecki said.The Falcons fell two spots to No. 10. They are scheduled to host the Panthers on Sunday in their home opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of the next Super Bowl.The New York Jets, who opened the season in last place, soared to No. 17 after their 48-17 rout of the Detroit Lions, who fell from No. 19 to No. 30."Either the Detroit Lions are that bad or the Jets are going to be a lot better than I thought," said Alex Marvez of The Sporting News. The NFL moved the Rams' Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles on Tuesday due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium.The league announced the extraordinary decision six days before one of the most-anticipated regular-season games of the year.In a news release, the league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City's historic stadium "does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday."The Rams (9-1) will host the Chiefs (9-1) at the Coliseum instead. The much-anticipated game is just the fifth meeting since 1970 between teams with one or fewer losses in Week 11 or later.The decision creates a morass of logistical concerns for the teams and fans traveling to Mexico, and it disappoints thousands of Mexican fans eager to see a marquee matchup in North America's most populous city. But the league consulted with the players' association and local officials before deciding it couldn't risk the players' health on a damaged field."The combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game," said Mark Waller, the NFL's executive vice president of international. "As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision Los Angeles Rams Womens Hoodie , and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements."Azteca officials changed the playing surface from natural grass to a hybrid in May, but the turf hasn't been ideal for several months. Concern about the field grew in recent days when aerial photos of the stadium showed serious damage to the grass, particularly on the end of the stadium recently used for a major concert.Cruz Azul, the Liga MX soccer club that shares the stadium with Club America, played a tournament game on the field last Saturday in noticeably poor conditions. Coach Pedro Caixinha expressed concern, and the NFL continued working with groundskeepers to improve the field."The long and unusual rain season, as well as the calendar of events with third parties in Estadio Azteca, might be a factor for the grass to be far from optimal conditions," Azteca Stadium authorities said in a press release.The Rams are required to keep the Coliseum available as a backup in case of a problem with international games. They immediately announced plans for ticket sales starting Wednesday, with season ticket holders allowed to buy their own seats and up to four more.The Rams also will give away thousands of seats to first responders and people affected by recent tragedies in Southern California. Deadly wildfires have ravaged several areas near the Rams' training complex in Thousand Oaks for the past week, and 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks last Wednesday night.The move also creates big logistical obstacles for "Monday Night Football" broadcaster ESPN, which will have to shift its operations back to the West Coast."We have been in communication with the NFL and we understand the league's decision," the network said in a statement. "We are already in the process of adjusting our plans and will be ready to present this much-anticipated matchup on Monday Night Football from Los Angeles. We also remain committed to identifying future opportunities with the league to engage its already strong fan base in Mexico."Azteca hosted the first regular-season game ever held outside the U.S. in 2005 when Arizona beat San Francisco. The stadium has hosted several NFL exhibitions Womens Customized Los Angeles Rams Jerseys , and the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and New England Patriots all played regular-season games there over the past two years.The Rams played in England in each of the previous two seasons, and they are expected to have another international game next season, as required of teams playing in a temporary home stadium.Both the Rams and the Chiefs were due to play in Mexico for the first time next week. Kansas City has played just one regular-season game outside the U.S., going to London in 2015.The Rams are in the third of four seasons at the Coliseum before their new multi-billion-dollar stadium complex in Inglewood opens in 2020. The venerable Coliseum hasn't hosted a "Monday Night Football" game since October 1985, and the Rams haven't hosted a game there on a Monday night since 1979, before they moved to Anaheim and then St. Louis.The Rams traveled to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Monday to spend their week of practice in high altitudes to prepare for Mexico City's conditions ?and they plan to stay put anyway.Several players and coaches are still displaced from their homes near their training complex in Thousand Oaks by evacuations due to fire danger, and the Rams already transported the families and friends of many players and employees to Colorado Springs. The Rams currently plan to fly home on the weekend.
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