AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman

AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman
October 23, 2012, 4:26 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:

Week 8

IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)

1. Atlanta Falcons - Perfect at home, perfect on the road and perfectly ready for Michael Vick.

2. Houston Texans - Every week, J.J. Watt finds a way to put a charge into this marauding defense.

3. New York Giants - If they can win in Big D, it could be clear sailing to the NFC East title.

4. Green Bay Packers - After some early stumbles, Aaron Rodgers is throwing lasers once again.

5. San Francisco 49ers - They go as Frank Gore goes, and he usually goes a long way.

6. Chicago Bears - With a defense this potent, it's all on Jay Cutler to keep things simple.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Ray Rice made the trip to Houston but he didn't make an impact.

8. New England Patriots - Those fourth-quarter breakdowns have fans fidgety in Foxborough.

9. Seattle Seahawks - Easy, Pete, there's no shame in losing a tough one at Candlestick.

10. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning vs. Drew Brees is a prime-time matchup worth staying up for.

11. Minnesota Vikings - When all else fails, shove the ball into Adrian Peterson's gut and let him dance.

12. Washington Redskins - RG3 and the Redskins just rolled up 480 yards in the Meadowlands. Special player.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers - Don't kick dirt on these guys as long as Big Ben remains standing, or scrambling.

14. Miami Dolphins - This defense doesn't get enough national pub, and that's a shame.

15. Dallas Cowboys - Here's their chance to sweep the Giants and make things interesting in the division.

16. Philadelphia Eagles - It's all about getting pressure on Matt Ryan, or things could get ugly.

17. New Orleans Saints - Momentum is building and Drew Brees is in top gunslinger form.

18. Detroit Lions - The Tigers are going to the World Series. Their sloppy Motown neighbors appear to be going nowhere.

19. San Diego Chargers - A loss in Cleveland could seal Norv Turner's fate.

20. New York Jets - That killer OT loss at Foxborough might end up serving as an epitaph.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - In a month full of October surprises, they keep finding ways to lose.

22. Arizona Cardinals - Facing a statement game Monday night against the 49ers after three weeks of silence.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - New head coach Greg Schiano continues to push the NFL envelope, with mixed results.

24. St. Louis Rams - London's Calling and Jeff Fisher's hungry young club is ready for the clash.

25. Indianapolis Colts - Laying down a blueprint for long-term success, page by page.

26. Buffalo Bills - You can't spend all that cash to fix a defense and then give up 32 points per game.

27. Tennessee Titans - Every time you dismiss Chris Johnson, he turns into Gale Sayers.

28. Cleveland Browns - One day, their prince will come, and the Browns will put him under center.

29. Carolina Panthers - GM Marty Hurney just took the fall for a talented but immature quarterback.

30. Oakland Raiders - A year after the death of Al Davis, pride and poise are in short supply.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - A drab attack could be missing some key weapons at Lambeau.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Perhaps the sight of the dreaded silver and black will shake them from a season-long lethargy.

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