AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

AP Pro32 ballot from Brown
December 26, 2012, 5:13 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:

Week 17

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. Seattle Seahawks - Nobody else is dominating opponents like the Seahawks are right now.

2. Denver Broncos - Their 10-game winning streak makes them the team to beat in the AFC.

3. New England Patriots - Tom Brady is as driven as ever to win another Super Bowl.

4. San Francisco 49ers - Losing wide receiver Mario Manningham will hurt their offense.

5. Atlanta Falcons - You can be skeptical about the playoffs, but season has been superb.

6. Green Bay Packers - Last season they faded late. This season, they could be peaking.

7. Cincinnati Bengals - Making playoffs and beating Steelers was huge step for young team.

8. Baltimore Ravens - Their priority now is to get as healthy as they can for playoffs.

9. Houston Texans - Their path to the Super Bowl would be helped if they can clinch No. 1 seed.

10. Washington Redskins - If they can win a seventh straight game, they will win NFC East.

11. Minnesota Vikings - Making the playoffs would help Adrian Peterson's MVP chances.

12. Indianapolis Colts - Chuck Pagano is back to work, and his defense needs his help.

13. Dallas Cowboys - Seems like it often comes down to Week 17 for Tony Romo.

14. Chicago Bears - Lovie Smith may need a playoff berth to keep his job.

15. New York Giants - Another team that has discovered it's difficult to repeat.

16. St. Louis Rams - Finishing about .500 would be a terrific first season for Jeff Fisher.

17. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton has come on, which should help Ron Rivera keep job.

18. Miami Dolphins - This has been a valuable developmental rookie year for Ryan Tannehill.

19. New Orleans Saints - They'd like to finish 8-8, after falling short of expectations.

20. San Diego Chargers - The real action for this franchise will start after Week 17.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers - Age, injuries, and inconsistent offense could not be overcome.

22. Cleveland Browns - Doubt if Nick Saban is coming, but Pat Shurmur could be going.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - This team needs to break habit of coming undone in December.

24. Detroit Lions - Calvin Johnson is one of the few Lions who didn't underachieve.

25. Philadelphia Eagles - One last game together for Andy Reid and Michael Vick.

26. New York Jets - If Tim Tebow writes another book, Rex Ryan will not co-author.

27. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't pan out, and Chan Gailey could be on way out.

28. Arizona Cardinals - Talk about a team having quarterback issues. This is Exhibit A.

29. Oakland Raiders - If Dennis Allen returns as coach, he will have plenty of work to do.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars - This could be Tebow's next stop, but they have a long list of issues.

31. Tennessee Titans - Even their owner has trouble watching them play an entire game.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Here's something to look forward to. The draft should be exciting.

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