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The Los Angeles Rams are in seventh heaven.The Rams (7-0) remain the league's only unbeaten team after a 39-10 rout of the San Francisco 49ers.They will look to stay unbeaten when they host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.And the Rams are the unanimous top team in the latest AP Pro32 poll for the fifth consecutive week. They received all 12 first-place votes and 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL."With (running back) Todd Gurley and (defensive lineman) Aaron Donald doing the dirty work Cameron Jordan Jersey 2019 , the league's only unbeaten team is blessed with superstars on both sides of the ball," said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs are tied for second with 365 points. The Patriots (5-2) have won four in a row and are back on top of the AFC East. They will close out Week 8 when they head to Buffalo to take on the Bills on "Monday Night Football." New England has won 31 of its past 35 meetings with the division rival.The Chiefs (6-1) have the AFC's best record and rebounded in a big way from their only loss with a 45-10 rout of Cincinnati."They call him 'Showtime,' and Patrick Mahomes continues to live up to the nickname with yet another spectacular showing in a four-touchdown performance against the Bengals," Newsday's Bob Glauber said. "There may not be a defense capable of stopping him."The Chiefs will face the Broncos on Sunday for the second time this month. In the first matchup, the Chiefs rallied in the fourth quarter with two late touchdowns for a 27-23 win. It's their closest margin of victory in a game this season.The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings are next at Nos. 4 and 5. The first-place NFC teams will meet on Sunday night in one of the top matchups of Week 8.The Los Angeles Chargers slipped a spot to No. 6 after holding on for a 20-19 win over the Titans in London when Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel went for a 2-point conversion instead of attempting a game-tying PAT.There was another tie in the top 10 as Pittsburgh and Carolina are both No. 7. The Steelers (3-2-1) lead the AFC North after their bye week and will face Cleveland on Sunday for the second time this season.Also Sunday, the Panthers will host the Baltimore Ravens, who slipped three spots to No. 9 after losing 24-23 to the Saints when Justin Tucker missed a game-tying PAT in the final minute. Tucker had been 222 for 222 on PATs since turning pro in 2012."I feel like I cost us the game," he said Sunday night. "Every single one of my teammates thus far has told me the opposite, and no one play wins or loses a game. But that's a tough thing to grapple with when you're the guy in that situation at the end of the game."Washington (4-2) jumped six spots to round out the top 10. The Redskins were the beneficiary of a missed kick against Dallas. Matt Baher's 52-yard attempt hit the left upright as time expired in Washington's 20-17 win. He's the New Orleans Saints‘ biggest fan, not to mention the perfect beacon for a city that knows a thing or two about emerging from darkness.As the Big Easy goes for another NFL championship, Steve Gleason is along for the ride.Sure, his body failed him, perhaps because of the game he loved so much. But Gleason never lost his desire to live and love and make a difference. That's really what's keeping him alive, even though the debilitating condition known as ALS — Lou Gehrig's disease —has reduced him to communicating with his eyes, some strained facial expressions and a computer-generated voice that he recorded before he lost his ability to speak.His mind is as strong as it's ever been.So is his passion for the Saints.He attends practices. He attends every home game. He'll be there Sunday when they host the Los Angeles Rams in NFC championship game."There's only maybe a handful of guys that played with Steve Gleason or knew Steve Gleason as a player directly," said quarterback Drew Brees , one of that handful on the current roster. "Yet this team has embraced him. He is absolutely one of us. He inspires all of us every day. He inspires so many people in this community every day."Gleason ensured folk-hero status in his adopted city for one particular play in 2006.After the Saints spent an entire season playing on the road in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the first game back at the Superdome will forever be remembered for Gleason's blocked punt that sparked a 23-3 victory over the their biggest rival White Marcus Davenport Jersey , the Atlanta Falcons. The game symbolized the rebirth of New Orleans after the devastating storm and a remarkable season that didn't end until the Saints lost at Chicago in the NFC championship game.Gleason spent the next season on injured reserve and then retired, so he wasn't on the field when the Saints captured the city's first major pro sports championship at the 2010 Super Bowl. The following year, he revealed the diagnosis for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terrifying motor-neuron disease that robs a person of the ability to walk, use their hands, speak, swallow and breathe. The condition is terminal, usually taking its victims within two to four years.Researchers have theorized that repeated head injuries, like the ones far too common in the NFL, increase the chances of being stricken with ALS. It was cited in the death of former fullback Kevin Turner, who lost his fight almost three years ago at age 46.But Gleason has never blamed football for his predicament. He'd prefer to keep the focus on what he's doing in his life, not how he got here.Like a handful of those with ALS (most notably Stephen Hawking, who battled the disease for more than 50 years before dying last March at age 76), Gleason has defied the expected timeline from onset to death. A tracheostomy allows him to breathe with a ventilator. A feeding tube ensures he gets enough nutrition. His family and support team give him a chance to lead as full a life as possible.But, most of all, Gleason's survival is probably a result of his will to keep going, something that wilts away for most suffering with ALS. Now 41, he wants to be around to watch his two young children grow up. He wants to transform his devastating disease into a conduit for hope, to help others keep fighting while doing all he can to find a cure.His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Most notably Marcus Davenport Jersey 2019 , Gleason is the first NFL player to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the body's highest civilian honor."ALS is a remorseless and humiliating disease," Gleason wrote after learning of the award. But, he added, "Michel (his wife) and I have two spectacular kids, Rivers and Gray. I'm productive and purposeful. In many ways, I feel I've conquered ALS."The disease certainly didn't rob Gleason of his sense of humor, which is most evident on a feed that he keeps humming with a special device allowing him to type out messages using only his eyes, always concluding with his initials "SG" so everyone knows it came straight from him.Before Saints games, he'll often park his wheelchair on the sideline near the area where the opposing team is warming up and deliver a good-natured tweet: "#Intimidation." On New Year's Day, he wrote "Like most of you … I haven't moved all day." After the Saints pulled off a successful fake punt in their 20-14 victory over Philadelphia in last weekend's NFC divisional round, Gleason wrote "#NeverPunt. Ever" — a reference to the "Dear Atlanta, never punt" jab he sent out before the Saints faced the Falcons in 2014.In an interesting twist, this year's Super Bowl is in Atlanta.Gleason is expected to be there, no matter if the Saints win or lose Sunday. He's planning to host an event with other ALS victims as part of his Team Gleason foundation. He's scheduled to pick up another award for his charitable efforts.Of course, Gleason would really be thrilled if the trip ends with a second Saints championship.His joy would be apparent to anyone who really looks.It's all in the eyes.

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