AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

AP Pro32 ballot from Brown
December 18, 2012, 5:37 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:

Week 16

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. San Francisco 49ers - Colin Kaepernick's playmaking adds to offense's explosiveness.

2. New England Patriots - No question about their offense, but defense still has some issues.

3. Seattle Seahawks - Something special is brewing in Seattle, and it's not just the coffee.

4. Denver Broncos - MVP and Lombardi Trophy are real possibilities for Peyton Manning.

5. Atlanta Falcons - OK, the Falcons are legit. That beat down of the Giants was impressive.

6. Houston Texans - J.J. Watt is a wrecking crew. They'll be tough at home in January.

7. Cincinnati Bengals - Right now, they are the best team in the AFC North. Now prove it.

8. Washington Redskins - More to this team than RG3, and could be the kingpins of NFC East.

9. New York Giants - They turn it on and off, but they better find on switch quick.

10. Green Bay Packers - They've shown resiliency, and their best football could be ahead.

11. Indianapolis Colts - Should remove any doubt and clinch a playoff spot this weekend.

12. Dallas Cowboys - Impressed by their toughness, particularly Dez Bryant, who is shining.

13. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson makes even elite athletes look overmatched.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers - Still in control of destiny, but don't look Super Bowl worthy.

15. Baltimore Ravens - Firing Cam Cameron was no quick fix. Joe Flacco's seat is red hot.

16. Carolina Panthers - Their play in recent weeks should mean Ron Rivera keeps his job.

17. New Orleans Saints - It's too late, but defense is getting Steve Spagnuolo's message.

18. Miami Dolphins - Can still finish .500, which would be nice first year for Joe Philbin.

19. Chicago Bears - They should win next two, but missing playoffs could cost Lovie Smith.

20. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson is right. He should be the focal point of offense.

21. San Diego Chargers - The next coach needs to help Philip Rivers return to top form.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Things have soured for Greg Schiano. Bucs may be worn out.

23. St. Louis Rams - Steven Jackson is showing there is still plenty left in his tank.

24. Detroit Lions - Jim Schwartz is blessed to have a long-term deal, because they look bad.

25. Arizona Cardinals - GM, coach, quarterback. Who goes and who stays will be interesting.

26. Buffalo Bills - They don't sound like a happy bunch, which is not good for Chan Gailey.

27. Philadelphia Eagles - For so many in this organization, season's end will be welcomed.

28. New York Jets - The Jets have been exposed for what they are - not very good.

29. Oakland Raiders - When offense sputters, Sebastian Janikowski's leg is a nice fallback.

30. Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker is still raw, but his athleticism is a plus.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - Somehow, some way, they will have to improve at quarterback.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - They started at the bottom this season, and nothing has changed.

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