Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:
IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)
1. Houston Texans - How will the loss of Brian Cushing affect J.J. Watt, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year after the first five weeks?
2. Atlanta Falcons - Led by MVP candidate Matt Ryan, these Dixie Hummingbirds keep finding new ways to win.
3. San Francisco 49ers - They know who they are and what they're good at and that's half the battle.
4. New England Patriots - While defenses focus on stopping Tom Brady, these backs run all over you.
5. Baltimore Ravens - Once opponents enter Baltimore's red zone, they encounter a red light.
6. Chicago Bears - They've already scored five times on returns. That's one less TD than the Jags or Raiders have generated all season.
7. New York Giants - That end zone salsa dance by Victor Cruz is getting a workout.
8. Green Bay Packers - The Pack could trail the Vikings by three games in the NFC North by Sunday evening.
9. Minnesota Vikings - Even with Jared Allen off to a slow start, this defense is getting after people.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers - Any fool who writes off this defense never had to block James Harrison.
11. Arizona Cardinals - The NFC's worst ground game is running out of able bodies.
12. Cincinnati Bengals - With only one pick through five weeks, the Bengals are looking for some playmakers in the secondary.
13. Philadelphia Eagles - This highly regarded pass rush has fallen like autumn leaves.
14. Denver Broncos - A minus-6 turnover differential and a grueling early schedule is cause for concern.
15. St. Louis Rams - An aggressive secondary is benefiting from a relentless pass rush.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Going into Baltimore is no way to build Tony Romo's confidence.
17. Seattle Seahawks - The NFL's No. 1 defense has eased the burden of rookie QB Russell Wilson.
18. San Diego Chargers - After being shredded by Drew Brees, San Diego's secondary braces for Peyton Manning.
19. Washington Redskins - Sean Weatherspoon just rudely introduced RG3 to the speed and savagery of the NFL.
20. Miami Dolphins - Don't be fooled by that 2-3 getaway they could easily be 4-1.
21. New Orleans Saints - One game doesn't make a trend, but at least it's a start for an embattled franchise.
22. New York Jets - Attendance issues could prompt a switch under center to Tim Tebow.
23. Indianapolis Colts - That one was for Chuck Pagano, with the promise of many more to come.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Paying a steep price under new coach Greg Schiano for failing to close out games.
25. Detroit Lions - Let's see what they learned about themselves after a bye week.
26. Carolina Panthers - Without Cam Newton, this running attack would be averaging only 90 yards per game.
27. Buffalo Bills - This defense has been beaten down to rubble in the past six quarters.
28. Kansas City Chiefs - If they ever stop beating themselves, they could be decent.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - They're bad and they're boring. That's a deadly exacta.
30. Oakland Raiders - One day, in another galaxy, they will return to Pride and Poise.
31. Tennessee Titans - When Jeff Fisher departed Nashville, he took any semblance of defense with him.
32. Cleveland Browns - You couldn't ask for a better start at the Meadowlands, or a worse finish.