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NFL notes: Seahawks retain No. 1 NFL power ranking

Associated Press

There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings.

That’s hardly a surprise since the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos all had byes last week.

Seattle again had nine first-place votes from the 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league.

The Seahawks will travel east and face Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

The Bengals will head to Foxborough, Massachusetts, for a Sunday night matchup with Tom Brady and the Patriots, who are coming off a 41-14 loss at Kansas City on Monday night. New England dropped from No. 7 to 13 in the poll after one of its worst losses in the Bill Belichick era.

“Things aren’t so terrific for Tom Brady with New England fielding a leaky offensive line and no quality downfield threats,”’s Alex Marvez said.

Newsday’s Bob Glauber sees the prime-time game as a big chance for the Bengals to a make statement in the AFC.

“How good are the Bengals? After an impressive getaway and a well-earned bye, they get another crack at gaining national respect next Sunday night at the Patriots,” Glauber said.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos return to action when they host the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, who moved to No. 4.

“Big game this week against Denver,” ESPN’s Herm Edwards said of the Cardinals. “We’ll see just how good this team is. It’s an important test for Peyton Manning and Co. against a very good Arizona D this week.”

Philip Rivers is off to a fast start for San Diego, which moved up to No. 5.

“Of the NFL’s four-game starters, only two quarterbacks are completing better than 70 percent of their passes – Philip Rivers of the Chargers and Drew Brees of the Saints,” Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News said.

The Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts round out the top 10.

Around the league

RB and KR LaMichael James agreed to terms with the Dolphins to join their practice squad. The deal came after James was released Sept. 8 by the 49ers, who took him in the second round of the 2012 draft. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2010 at Oregon. … The Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of RT Donald Stephenson by placing RB Joe McKnight on injured reserve. McKnight tore his Achilles tendon in practice last week. … The Vikings have not committed to QB Teddy Bridgewater playing at Green Bay on his sprained left ankle. Two days after the injury he was “doing much better,” according to coach Mike Zimmer, but Bridgewater didn’t participate in practice Tuesday. Christian Ponder would start if Bridgewater isn’t cleared. … The Colts are keeping Robert Mathis around through 2016. The team announced it had given the 2013 NFL sacks leader a one-year contract extension. … Browns starting RB Ben Tate has returned to practice after missing Cleveland’s past two games with a sprained right knee.

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