AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber

AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber
October 16, 2012, 4:07 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:

Week 7

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

full theory.

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

tumult.

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

highlights.

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

combination.

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

game-winning kick.

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.

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