Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
1. Atlanta Falcons - Glass half full says Falcons keep finding ways to
win. Glass half empty says they're tempting fate with these close
calls against mediocre competition. For now, we'll go with the half
2. New York Giants - Sure looked like the defending champs in that
26-3 beatdown of the 49ers. Now they look to even their divisional
record with consecutive games against the Redskins and Cowboys.
3. San Francisco 49ers - Were the 49ers too amped up in trying to
avenge last year's NFC championship Game loss to the Giants? Sure
looked that way.
4. Houston Texans - The Texans can get away with playing sloppy
against the Jets (on Monday night), but not against the Packers (on
Sunday night). Blowout loss at home to Aaron Rodgers brings Houston
back to earth. No time for pity, though. Up next: a rematch against
Baltimore, which beat the Texans in last year's playoffs.
5. Baltimore Ravens - The bad news far outweighed the good for the
Ravens. They beat the Cowboys after sweating out a late comeback, but
lost Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb for the year. Season-altering
injuries? They'll soon find out.
6. Chicago Bears - Bears come off bye week with a bang: home to the
Lions in a huge NFC North showdown on Monday night.
7. Green Bay Packers - J.J. Watt mocked Aaron Rodgers with a
"championship belt" pose after a sack, but it was Rodgers who got the
last laugh. The last six laughs, actually. His half dozen TD passes
gave Green Bay a much-needed lift after a week's worth of locker room
8. Seattle Seahawks - Pete Carroll gave rookie QB Russell Wilson a
vote of confidence last week, and Wilson returned the favor with a
terrific comeback performance in a 24-23 shocker over the Pats.
9. Denver Broncos - No matter how many times Peyton Manning makes this
kind of magic, it never gets old watching it. His second-half rally in
San Diego was ranks near the top of pages-long list of career
10. New England Patriots - Bill Belichick's defense lets him down in
the fourth quarter, allowing two TDs in Seattle's dramatic comeback.
No time like the present to try and wash that bad taste out: Pats host
big-talking Rex Ryan's Jets on Sunday.
11. Washington Redskins - It's RG3 to the rescue once more, as the
rookie sensation runs for 138 yards and two TDs and passes for another
to break the Redskins' eight-game home losing streak.
12. Minnesota Vikings - Reality check for the Vikings, who see a
three-game winning streak snapped when the defense fails to contain
Griffin and the offense is forced to play catch-up. Not a good
13. Arizona Cardinals - Jay Feely hits a 61-yard field goal to tie it
late in the fourth quarter, but his 38-yarder to win it at the buzzer
caroms off the left upright to give Buffalo another chance in OT. End
result: Cardinals' losing streak now at two.
14. Philadelphia Eagles - Andy Reid fires embattled defensive
coordinator Juan Castillo after Sunday's fourth-quarter disaster
against the Lions. Todd Bowles is next man up for an Eagles team
showing plenty of desperation heading into the bye week. The good news
for the immediate future: Reid is 13-0 lifetime after bye weeks.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Poor blocking and porous defense, two trends
that aren't going away for a Steelers team that's reeling early.
16. Detroit Lions - Just when you're ready to write off the Lions,
Matthew Stafford puts on another sensational fourth-quarter comeback.
He hung 17 points on the Eagles in the fourth and then led the Lions
to the game-winning field goal in OT.
17. Dallas Cowboys - Another botched comeback attempt, although you
can't blame Tony Romo this time. The ball was right there for Dez
Bryant on a 2-point conversion that would have tied it against
Baltimore. Another drop for the troubled receiver, and another loss
for a troubled team.
18. San Diego Chargers - Peyton Magic, or a Philip Rivers second-half
meltdown? A little bit of both for a San Diego team that botched a
24-0 halftime lead to the Broncos. This one could have lasting
effects, especially if the Chargers miss out on the playoffs again.
19. New York Jets - Jets break a two-game losing streak in dramatic
style with a 35-9 rout of Andrew Luck's Colts. It was straight out of
Rex Ryan's "Ground & Pound" playbook, with Shonn Greene rushing for a
career-high 161 yards and three TDs.
20. Miami Dolphins - Another solid effort from rookie Ryan Tannehill
as Miami moves into a four-way tie in the AFC East.
21. St. Louis Rams - Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein finally missed a field
goal - three, actually - and they proved crucial in a three-point loss
to the Dolphins.
22. New Orleans Saints - The bye week news is all about bounties and
suspensions and appeals and lawsuits. The football stuff continues
next Sunday against the Bucs.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bucs come off the bye and thump woeful
Kansas City at home. Three TD passes for Josh Freeman in a nice
bounce-back after pre-bye home loss to Washington.
24. Buffalo Bills - Chan Gailey's move to keep Buffalo out west after
a shellacking in San Francisco pays off in gritty OT win over Arizona.
A little lucky, sure, but they made some of their own luck, too.
25. Cincinnati Bengals - Losing is bad enough. Losing to a divisional
opponent on an 11-game losing streak is worse. Especially when that
divisional opponent is Cleveland.
26. Indianapolis Colts - All the attention over Andrew Luck tends to
mask a huge problem for Indy: the run defense. The Jets exposed it
once again, rushing for an eye-popping 252 yards and three TDs.
27. Tennessee Titans - After leading the upset against the Steelers,
Matt Hasselbeck gets one more start against Buffalo before Jake Locker
returns from a shoulder injury.
28. Carolina Panthers - Will some bye week perspective prompt Cam
Newton to take some of the pressure off his shoulder pads? The
Panthers sure hope so when they host Dallas.
29. Oakland Raiders - Just come close, baby. Raiders nearly pull off
shocker against Atlanta, but lose it at the end on another Matt Bryant
30. Cleveland Browns - Browns hadn't won in nearly a year, but the
streak ends with an impressive performance against AFC North rival
Cincy. First win for Brownies since last Nov. 20.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Let's see if the Jags can take some of the
sting out of that 41-3 beatdown by the Bears. They had the bye week to
think about it, now it's on to Oakland.
32. Kansas City Chiefs - Another blowout loss and the heat continues
to build on the Scott Pioli-Romeo Crennel partnership.