It's the second week in which the Patriots find themselves in the top spot. They were also ranked No. 1 in Week 2 before losing to the Arizona Cardinals. They dropped to as low as No. 8 before a steady climb up the charts with seven straight victories.
The Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos -- winners of eight in a row -- moved into the No. 2 spot. The Texans dropped to No. 3. The San Francisco 49ers, who visit Foxborough on Sunday night for a prime-time matchup against the Patriots, sit in the fourth spot.