NEW YORK (AP) — For the past 2½ months Louis Lipps Jersey , one thing has been clear in the NFL: Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are hard to stop.Atlanta on Thanksgiving night.The Saints will play their second consecutive Thursday night game when they open Week 13 by facing the Dallas Cowboys.And it’s not the least bit surprising that the surging Saints kept the No. 1 spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll. They received all 12 first-place votes and 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.“Right here, right now, Drew Brees is this year’s MVP in a very crowded field of contenders,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said. “At almost 40 years old, he’s playing perhaps his best football, with 29 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.”The league’s other 10-1 team, the Los Angeles Rams, stayed at No. 2 after its bye week. And the Kansas City Chiefs, who also were on a bye last week, remained No. 3.Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are still No. 4 after disposing of the New York Jets 27-13.The only change in the top five was the Chicago Bears Alejandro Villanueva Jersey , who inched up a spot to No. 5 after topping the Lions 23-16 on Thanksgiving as backup quarterback Chase Daniel threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns in place of the injured Mitchell Trubisky.The Los Angeles Chargers jumped two places to No. 6 after dominating Arizona 45-10 as Philip Rivers tied the NFL mark for consecutive completions at 25 and the broke record for the most to start a game.And the Houston Texans, who have won eight in a row after a 0-3 start, remained No. 7 after topping the Tennessee Titans 34-17 on Monday night.“The surging Texans honored late owner Bob McNair with an eighth consecutive victory behind a powerful ground game and the usual stingy defense,” said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped three spots to No. 8 after their 24-17 loss at Denver.“Big Ben blows the game in Denver,” Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki said of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 462 yards but had two interceptions and now has 12 for the season.They will look to rebound Sunday night when they host the Chargers, who are expected to be without running back Melvin Gordon, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the rout of the Cardinals.The Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks, who are both in contention for wild-card spots in the NFC John Stallworth Jersey , each moved up a spot to Nos. 9 and 10.Among the teams making the biggest drop was the Cincinnati Bengals, who plummeted five spots to No. 24. They have lost five of six after a 4-1 start and will finish the season without quarterback Andy Dalton, who went on injured reserve with a thumb injury to his throwing hand.“The record may not show it, but this could very well be the NFL’s worst team by year’s end,” said Alex Marvez of Sirius XM. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ were extremely fortunate this past Sunday as they sat at home, or on a beach, and watched the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals all lose during the team’s Week 7 bye week.With their rivals all suffering losses, the Steelers watched themselves move from 3rd in the AFC North, to first. In one week. Without playing.Fans of the black-and-gold were ecstatic Jordan Berry Jersey , and rightfully so, and with two divisional games upcoming, many are thinking the division could be as good as Pittsburgh’s if they can beat the Browns in Week 8, and the Ravens in Week 9.Think again.While winning those games is important, the Steelers’ fate, which they somehow still control after a slow start to the season, will be decided with a series of big games down the stretch.Just look at some of the games which carry a great deal of significance, after the Ravens game in Week 9, and could decide if the Steelers make the postseason, or if they are on the outside looking in.Week 10 - vs. Carolina Panthers (TNF)After the Ravens game in Baltimore David DeCastro Jersey , Pittsburgh will host Cam Newton and company at Heinz Field. These are tough games, and one the Steelers will have to find a way to win if they are to be considered legitimate contenders.Week 11 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (SNF)After a mini-bye, the Steelers will play the team who knocked them out of the playoffs last year. Unlike the Panthers game on Thursday Night Football, this is a big AFC matchup which could have playoff seeding implications.Week 13 - vs. Los Angeles ChargersMany consider the Chargers to be in the ‘class of the AFC’, and the Steelers will get to test them when they go across country to play the Steelers at Heinz Field.Week 14 - at Oakland RaidersYeah, Oakland isn’t any good this year, but the Steelers always seem to struggle when they go out west and have to play the Raiders. Losses to teams like Oakland can result in a playoff miss, not a playoff berth.Week 15 - vs. New England PatriotsThis might not be for home field advantage, but a huge game nonetheless.Week 16 - at New Orleans SaintsGoing to New Orleans in the dome might be a break from the elements in late December, but Drew Brees and company could make this game a nightmare. In the waning weeks of the season Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , wins could be clinchers, and this is no gimme.Week 17 - vs. Cincinnati BengalsIn a perfect world, the Steelers’ final game of the regular season is meaningless. If it has meaning, this game could be both terrifying and electrifying. ...The point is while the next two games will go a long way towards division tie breakers, it won’t equate to an overall successful season. The good news is the past week of football has put the fate of the Steelers’ season in their own hands. If they take care of business, they won’t have to watch the scoreboard, or hope for help. Instead, it will be the rest of the AFC North watching the scoreboard wondering what the Steelers are doing on a week-by-week basis.Buckle up...the road might get bumpy down the stretch.