AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman

AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman
December 18, 2012, 5:36 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:

Week 16

IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)

1. Denver Broncos - Don't forget about a defense that has yielded the fewest points in the AFC.

2. San Francisco 49ers - For one half on a rainy night in Foxborough, they looked Super Bowl-bound.

3. Atlanta Falcons - That one was for all the doubters out there. Any left?

4. New England Patriots - If Tom Brady went against his own DBs every week, he'd throw for 6,000 yards.

5. Houston Texans - You'd better know where J.J. Watt lines up on every snap.

6. Seattle Seahawks - Pete Carroll's marauding crew certainly has the attention of the 49ers.

7. Green Bay Packers - Two more wins could give them a first-round playoff bye.

8. Washington Redskins - A five-week roll has the Redskins primed for an NFC East title.

9. Dallas Cowboys - Jerry Jones hasn't been this excited since the NFL's new TV contracts were signed.

10. New York Giants - It's gut-check time for the defending Super Bowl champs.

11. Baltimore Ravens - That cloak of invincibility at home has been ripped apart this month.

12. Indianapolis Colts - A win at Arrowhead will make it official they're in.

13. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson is carrying an entire organization on his shoulder pads.

14. Cincinnati Bengals - They can clinch at least an AFC wild-card spot with a win at Heinz Field.

15. Chicago Bears - Peaking in October is no recipe for success in the NFL.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers - The bumbling Steelers would be eliminated with a loss against Cincinnati.

17. New Orleans Saints - The Saints took out a season's worth of frustration on the reeling Bucs.

18. St. Louis Rams - They've made strides under Jeff Fisher, but they need more firepower.

19. Miami Dolphins - They'll look back and realize they've wasted some good defense in 2012.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - A late-season slide threatens to overshadow real progress.

21. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez's favorite song by the Rolling Stones? "Shattered."

22. Carolina Panthers - Might be too little, too late to save Ron Rivera's job.

23. Cleveland Browns - Competitive vs. the AFC but finished 0-4 against the powerful NFC East.

24. San Diego Chargers - There will be a new head coach and GM to turn this ship around.

25. Arizona Cardinals - A solid defense was finally rewarded for all that hard work.

26. Tennessee Titans - Chris Johnson still has it. Now find him some help.

27. Detroit Lions - Jim Schwartz said the blame belongs to him. Save some for Ndamukong Suh.

28. Buffalo Bills - The playoff drought goes on and on.

29. Philadelphia Eagles - The nightmare is almost over for this would-be Dream Team.

30. Oakland Raiders - Let's not get too excited about beating up on the Chiefs.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Give Justin Blackmon a real QB and watch those numbers soar.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - The last time they won a playoff game, Joe Montana was under center.



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