AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

AP Pro32 ballot from Brown
October 16, 2012, 4:08 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:

Week 7

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. New York Giants - The bigger the game, the better they play, and still the team to beat.

2. Chicago Bears - At times, their defense has been more explosive than their offense.

3. San Francisco 49ers - Will be interesting to see how they respond to getting blitzed by Giants.

4. Atlanta Falcons - Undefeated, but they don't pass the eye test for being the best team.

5. Houston Texans - Brian Cushing's absence could seriously hurt their defense.

6. New England Patriots - Should be better than .500. It's odd to see them finding ways to lose.

7. Green Bay Packers - When they protect Aaron Rodgers, he can light it up against anyone.

8. Baltimore Ravens - Losing Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb makes defense more vulnerable.

9. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning still has the magic. That makes Broncos dangerous.

10. Seattle Seahawks - Hard not to like Russell Wilson. Fearless and makes things happen.

11. San Diego Chargers - That was some collapse Monday night. Talented, but can't be trusted.

12. Philadelphia Eagles - Andy Reid is feeling the heat. Firing Juan Castillo proves it.

13. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III is giving defensive coordinators sleepless nights.

14. Minnesota Vikings - Loss to Redskins hurt. Can't afford a losing streak in tough NFC North.

15. Miami Dolphins - Maybe the NFL's most surprising team. Ryan Tannehill is the real deal.

16. New Orleans Saints - Coming off a bye, this team is talented enough to make a second-half run.

17. Detroit Lions - Huge win in Philly. Matthew Stafford seems most dangerous when behind.

18. Dallas Cowboys - Too many mistakes by Jason Garrett, and too many penalties.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Beating Chiefs stopped bleeding. Beating Saints would be bigger.

20. New York Jets - Hard to believe they would be ahead of the Patriots with a win on Sunday.

21. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton had a week off to regroup. Let's see if it helps.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Injuries and age leaving them with tough hill to climb.

23. St. Louis Rams - Off day by kicker cost them dearly against Dolphins.

24. Arizona Cardinals - In September they were hot. In October, they're not.

25. Cincinnati Bengals - Heading in the wrong direction. Next game against Steelers is crucial.

26. Cleveland Browns - Pat Shurmur got first win, but he'll need more to keep his job.

27. Buffalo Bills - With the season they've had, they're tied for first in AFC East. Wacky.

28. Tennessee Titans - Having Matt Hasselbeck as a backup quarterback is a huge bonus.

29. Kansas City Chiefs - They changed quarterbacks, but so what? Brady Quinn is not the answer.

30. Oakland Raiders - Could have easily beaten Falcons. Maybe they'll take it out on Jaguars.

31. Indianapolis Colts - Loss to Jets was a reminder that Colts are still rebuilding.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - They had a bye in Week 6. Did you notice they were gone?

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