AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei

AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei
November 6, 2012, 4:31 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Dan Pompei of Chicago Tribune:

Week 10

DAN POMPEI (Chicago Tribune)

1. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan is stringing together good performance after good performance. And the Falcons don't lose when Ryan is on.

2. Chicago Bears - Their confidence is sky-high, and it gets real now for the Bears with the Texans and 49ers up next.

3. Houston Texans - The Texans haven't had a turnover in five games this year. If they can avoid one Sunday, they can beat the Bears.

4. New York Giants - Sandy and Isaac Redman were a tough 1-2 punch for the Giants.

5. San Francisco 49ers - As Alex Smith goes, so go the Niners. He has a 122.3 passer rating in their six victories.

6. Green Bay Packers - They are piling up injuries - and victories - at a rapid pace.

7. New England Patriots - Bill Belichick traded for Aqib Talib because he thinks this team can win a Lombardi Trophy.

8. Baltimore Ravens - Their injury report may go on like the New York City phone book, but they aren't that banged up.

9. Denver Broncos - While everyone has been marveling at Peyton Manning, their defense continues to improve.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers - Maybe they should try same-day travel for all of their road games.

11. Indianapolis Colts - Should the coach of the year be Bruce Arians, or should it be Chuck Pagano?

12. Seattle Seahawks - If they played every game in Seattle they would be the equivalent of the 1972 Dolphins and Russell Wilson would be Joe Montana.

13. Detroit Lions - They have won three of four and are back at .500. Arrow is pointing up.

14. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson is a one-man gang. Unfortunately, it takes more than one man to play offense in the NFL.

15. Miami Dolphins - They lost a tough one Sunday, but will have a chance to get better in their next two against the Titans and Bills.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - It seems like Doug Martin covered enough yards in the last two weeks to have run a marathon.

17. San Diego Chargers - Not so fast filling out that application to collect unemployment, Norv Turner.

18. New Orleans Saints - Sean Payton can't help them this year. The question is can he help them next year, or will he be helping another team?

19. Arizona Cardinals - The off week could be a good time for a shakeup in the desert, but what can Ken Whisenhunt do?

20. Dallas Cowboys - Is a strong finish ahead? The Cowboys' opponents in the second half have a 25-44 record.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - They have lost four straight, which is what happens when your quarterback is too nice a guy.

22. Philadelphia Eagles - The wheels are off this wagon, and Andy Reid can't figure out how to put them back on.

23. St. Louis Rams - Five of their last eight are on the road, and so far the Rams are 0-4 in games played outside St. Louis.

24. New York Jets - A subpar ground attack and a subpar run defense is a bad combination.

25. Buffalo Bills - They have been outscored in the fourth quarter 90-28.

26. Carolina Panthers - Nothing motivates better than desperation, and this is a desperate team.

27. Washington Redskins - Let's be honest - the Redskins have been playing for next year ever since they drafted RG3.

28. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders are inconsistent and Darren McFadden is banged up. Ever hear that one before?

29. Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden struggled Sunday, but the Browns have to figure out if he is their guy.

30. Tennessee Titans - Aside from offense, defense and special teams, the Titans didn't look like a bad team last Sunday.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - In eight games, they have not led their opponent during regulation a single time. You think Todd Haley is licking his chops?

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - If Mike Mularkey thinks intensity is down on the field, he should see what it's like in the stands at EverBank Field.

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