The Green Bay Packers (8-4) moved up two slots to No. 7 after beating Minnesota on Sunday, taking advantage of losses by the Giants (No. 8) and Bears (No. 9). The playoff-bound Texans (11-1) received eight first-place votes and 376 points Tuesday in balloting by The Associated Press' panel of 12 media members who regularly cover the league. Houston is first for the fourth straight week.
The AFC East champion Patriots (9-3) move up two slots into a tie with the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons (11-1). Both teams had 364 points with New England receiving three first-place votes and Atlanta the remaining first-place vote.
Denver is fourth and San Francisco slips three spots to fifth. Jacksonville is 32nd and last.
For the rest of the rankings, CLICK HERE. Here are what the voters had to say about the Packers:
Chris Berman (ESPN, 8) — Important division win.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 11) — Best football could be ahead if they get healthier in December.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 8)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 5) — Need to get the horses back on defense and they have to protect Rodgers better (sacked 39 times already).
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 9) — Nice bounce-back from Green Bay after a rare clunker against the Giants the week before. Even so, that run defense is still a huge issue.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 7) — Aaron Rodgers has been sacked more than any NFL quarterback this season — 39 times.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 7) — Considering their history vs. Chicago, the Packers should win their division. Of course, they should do a better job of protecting their quarterback, too.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 6) — Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford might combine for 900 yards passing at Lambeau.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 8) — Aaron Rodgers seems like he's running for his life and if the line doesn't protect him he may not last the whole season.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 6) — Health may be the only thing holding the Pack back. Good news: Greg Jennings is back and Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews appear close to coming back. Bad news: WR Jordy Nelson is now out with a hamstring injury.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 9) — Minnesota's Adrian Peterson deserved the spotlight for a 210-yard effort, but let's not forget Green Bay rushed for 152 yards in last Sunday's 23-14 win.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 7) — Greg Jennings back; Jordy Nelson out. Been that kind of year in Green Bay.