Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
1. San Francisco 49ers - Maybe the biggest regular season win in the
Jim Harbaugh era. Not only a dominating early showing against the Pats
on the road, but a terrific recovery after New England's furious
comeback. Now it's on to Seattle against the streaking Seahawks.
2. Denver Broncos - Chris Harris with the longest interception return
in Broncos history, and Peyton Manning with another solid effort as
Denver makes it nine straight to get in position for a first-round
3. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan insisted last week's stinker in
Carolina wasn't the start of a trend. He and the Falcons showed that
in no uncertain terms by stomping the defending Super Bowl champs at
home. One more win and Atlanta clinches homefield advantage in the
4. New England Patriots - Amazing comeback in the second half, but no
moral victories for Bill Belichick. Suddenly, the Patriots are at risk
of losing a first-round bye.
5. Houston Texans - Nice way to recover from that thrashing the week
before in New England, as Texans hold off Indy to clinch a second
straight AFC South title. Two more wins and they're guaranteed the No.
1 seed in the playoffs.
6. Green Bay Packers - That's six in a row against the Bears and 12
straight against NFC North opponents for the Packers, who clinch a
second straight divisional title. A trifecta of Aaron Rodgers-to-James
Jones TDs does the trick.
7. Seattle Seahawks - Pete Carroll's team is heating up at the right
time with 108 points combined in the last two games. Now he'll try and
do a number on the 49ers at home.
8. Washington Redskins - Kirk Cousins to the rescue again - this time
as the starter - as the Redskins win their fifth straight. Once 3-6,
the Redskins can now win the division if they win their last two.
9. Dallas Cowboys - A second straight Tony Romo comeback against an
AFC North opponent - this one with an assist to Brandon Carr on an OT
interception - and the Cowboys are in the thick of the divisional and
10. Minnesota Vikings - Another in a series of transcendent
performances from Adrian Peterson, who is rewriting the rules of
medical science. Not even a year removed from knee surgery, and he
might set the all-time rushing record. Just an unbelievable comeback.
11. New York Giants - More mind-boggling inconsistency from the
Giants, who look like champions one week (see: 52-27 over New Orleans
last week) and also-rans the next. A 34-0 drubbing in Atlanta is the
first regular season shutout loss in the Tom Coughlin-Eli Manning era.
Playoff positioning destiny is no longer theirs.
12. Indianapolis Colts - Three-game winning streak is snapped, so a
guaranteed playoff berth is still a win away. Another impressive
performance from rookie running back Vick Ballard, who gets his first
100-yard rushing game.
13. Cincinnati Bengals - Five turnovers forced by the Bengals'
defense, and they're one step closer to the first back-to-back playoff
seasons for Marvin Lewis.
14. Baltimore Ravens - Jim Caldwell gets no closer to solving the
Ravens' myriad offensive problems than Cam Cameron. Six days after
Cameron was fired, Caldwell's offense looked no different in a blowout
home loss to the Broncos. Giants up next at home.
15. New Orleans Saints - Just about a perfect game by the Saints in a
41-0 smackdown of Tampa, their first shutout since '95. Makes you
wonder what their season would look like had they played this way from
16. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger with the costly
interception in overtime, and more questions about Todd Haley's
play-calling. Playoffs now in peril.
17. Chicago Bears - Bears could become only the second team in the
23-year history of the current playoff format to miss out on the
postseason after a 7-1 start. Jay Cutler playing hurt and it clearly
showed against the Packers.
18. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton does a number on the Chargers a
week after getting the best of Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Will it be
enough to save Ron Rivera's job?
19. St. Louis Rams - Second-quarter meltdown dooms the Rams, who
trailed 30-7 at halftime and never got back in it against the Vikings.
20. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill with a sharp effort against an
admittedly weak Jacksonville defense. Even so, important progress for
the rookie quarterback.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Josh Freeman with one of his worst games
ever, a four-interception, one-fumble debacle that conjures memories
of the awful Bucs teams from decades ago.
22. Buffalo Bills - More problems for the Bills' high-priced defense
against Seattle. Buyer's remorse on Mario Williams?
23. Tennessee Titans - Chris Johnson with a 94-yard touchdown run and
Jake Locker with a 13-yard rushing TD just enough to beat an awful
24. Arizona Cardinals - A week after giving up 58 points on the road
to the Seahawks, the Cardinals' defense actually shows up and pushes
the Lions all over the field to break a nine-game losing streak.
25. Cleveland Browns - After yet another home loss for the Browns,
rookie running back Trent Richardson offers his apologies to the fans.
26. San Diego Chargers - A week after shocking the Steelers on the
road, the Chargers come home and are absolutely abysmal against the
Panthers. This is some rebuilding job ahead.
27. New York Jets - And that's a wrap. No playoffs and the end of the
Mark Sanchez era.
28. Detroit Lions - You can learn a lot about a team when there's
nothing to play for. Not sure Jim Schwartz likes what he's finding out
29. Oakland Raiders - Ah, the old five field goal offense, something
Sebastian Janikowski has seen plenty of in his years with the Raiders.
30. Philadelphia Eagles - Two games to go and we move on from the Andy
31. Kansas City Chiefs - There's an elite college quarterback out
there who's about to be anointed the savior of this offense. Good luck
32. Jacksonville Jaguars - Chad Henne goes to Miami and shows the
Dolphins why they didn't ask him back.