Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
1. Atlanta Falcons - Falcons have been cutting it close in recent
weeks, relying on some dramatic late-game drama from Matt & Matt (Ryan
and Bryant). Might need more of the same on Sunday at Philly.
2. New York Giants - Eli Manning-to-Victor Cruz saved the day against
the Redskins, keeping the Giants on a roll. They've won five of their
last six heading into NFC East showdown in Big D.
3. Houston Texans - Texans in bounce-back mode as they recover from
beatdown by Packers the week before and absolutely demolish the Ravens
at home to maintain AFC supremacy.
4. San Francisco 49ers - Niners win ugly over Seahawks as Alex Smith
struggles a second straight week. Sign of more problems to come on
5. Chicago Bears - Shades of '85? Bears' defense continues its
dominating ways, with the Lions their latest victim.
6. Baltimore Ravens - Ravens were primed for letdown after narrow win
over Dallas and injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb. But even
with Terrell Suggs coming back from injury, you didn't think they'd
suffer one of the worst defeats imaginable in Houston.
7. Green Bay Packers - That's two straight for a Packers team that
believes it's ready to keep stacking up the wins.
8. Seattle Seahawks - Seahawks fall short against 49ers, but Pete
Carroll gets a few shots in at Jim Harbaugh's complaints about the
officiating. Already stoking the Week 16 rematch.
9. New England Patriots - Tom Brady rallies the Pats at the end of
regulation and then again in overtime. But after another
less-than-impressive performance against the Jets, there's still
something missing with this team. Lots of work ahead for Bill
10. Denver Broncos - Peyton-Roethlisberger. Peyton-Ryan.
Peyton-Schaub. Peyton-Brady. Peyton-Rivers. And now Peyton-Brees on
Sunday. An NFL fan's dream.
11. Washington Redskins - RG3 with another brilliant effort against
Giants, but defense let him down at the end.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers - Stillers continue to fight through depth
issues at running back and on defense and find a way to win in Cincy.
They can thank Ben Roethlisberger for keeping them competitive.
13. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson (153) runs for almost three
times as many yards as Christian Ponder (58) throws for as Minny wins
ugly at home over Arizona. Can't keep getting away with those numbers,
14. Arizona Cardinals - That's three straight losses and counting for
Arizona, and that 4-0 start could be wiped away completely unless they
turn it around at home against division-leading San Francisco.
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Tumultuous bye week for Iggles, as Andy Reid
replaces defensive coordinator Juan Castillo with Todd Bowles. Michael
Vick gets to keep his job, but another loss to his old team on Sunday
at the Linc could signal a change there, too.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Cowboys find some inspiration from - of all
people - former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who fires them up the night
before their win in Carolina. Next up: Giants at home, the game Jerry
Jones suggested in training camp that the Cowboys would kick some
17. New Orleans Saints - A season-saving comeback win in Tampa Bay?
Could be. Saints keep hope alive as they get interim head coach Joe
Vitt back from suspension. First up for Vitt: at Denver against
18. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez nearly pulls off a shocking
fourth-quarter comeback in New England, but Tom Brady gets the better
of the Jets' D at the end of regulation and again in OT.
19. Detroit Lions - Problems at running back came back to haunt
Detroit against the Bears, as a huge goal-line fumble by Joique Bell
turns what could have been a momentum-swinging touchdown into a
20. San Diego Chargers - Is the second-half meltdown against the
Broncos the beginning of the end for Norv Turner? It is if San Diego
misses the playoffs again.
21. Miami Dolphins - Surprising Dolphins come off the bye and face the
improving Jets on the road. They already lost to the Jets at home.
22. Tennessee Titans - Truth be told, the Titans are better off with
Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback if this team is in a win-now mode. His
performance in a shootout win in Buffalo shows it.
23. St. Louis Rams - Just no way this team is ready to go toe-to-toe
against a team like the Packers.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Bengals lost to Stillers at home to fall to
0-6 the last two years against Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Can't win the
division that way.
25. Indianapolis Colts - Colts recover from blowout loss to the Jets
by outlasting Cleveland in an ugly one at home.
26. Buffalo Bills - That's an awfully expensive defense to give up
five TDs at home to the Titans.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The good news for Tampa: the offense has
shown plenty of improvement over last year. The bad news: the defense
can't get much worse.
28. Carolina Panthers - GM Marty Hurney gets the gate. Can Ron Rivera
be far behind?
29. Oakland Raiders - Raiders eke out OT win against Jags to stay
competitive - albeit barely - in the AFC West.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars - Shoulder injury to Blaine Gabbert means
more of Chad Henne. Take that however you like.
31. Cleveland Browns - After Browns break winless streak last week,
it's back to normal in a listless loss to the Colts.
32. Kansas City Chiefs - Romeo Crennel gives Brady Quinn a chance to
turn the season around. The coach shouldn't hold his breath.