Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:
IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)
1. New England Patriots - How do you spell domination? Outscoring opponents by 15 points per game.
2. Denver Broncos - Amid all the Manning chatter, no AFC defense has allowed fewer points.
3. San Francisco 49ers - Going for a 4-0 sweep of the AFC at Foxborough Sunday night.
4. Houston Texans - A suddenly suspect defense needs to put away the pesky Colts.
5. Atlanta Falcons - For the first time this season, they weren't ready to play in Charlotte.
6. Green Bay Packers - They're getting healthy and scary at the right time.
7. New York Giants - David Wilson's bust-out game was a sight to behold.
8. Seattle Seahawks - Nobody's more physical on both sides of the ball than Pete Carroll's marauders.
9. Baltimore Ravens - Ray Lewis can't return fast enough to stop the bleeding.
10. Indianapolis Colts - If Andrew Luck departs Houston a winner, the Rookie of the Year award is his.
11. Chicago Bears - At this rate, they'll be fortunate to grab an NFC wild-card slot.
12. Washington Redskins - Kirk Cousins to the rescue, and he may not be done yet.
13. Dallas Cowboys - They showed heart and resolve, ingredients that had been in short supply.
14. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson wants the NFL rushing record who's going to stop him?
15. Cincinnati Bengals - A resurgent defense took a big step backward against the Cowboys.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers - Middle of the pack seems about right for these aging warriors.
17. St. Louis Rams - Young team hanging around the fringes of the NFC playoff picture.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Opponents averaging 8.14 yards per pass attempt. Ugh.
19. San Diego Chargers - For one afternoon in Pittsburgh, they looked like a playoff team.
20. New York Jets - No margin for error, and they make a lot of 'em.
21. New Orleans Saints - If Drew Brees threw against his own defense, records would fall.
22. Miami Dolphins - In the Year of the Rookie Quarterback, Ryan Tannehill is but an afterthought.
23. Detroit Lions - The only NFC club without a division win literally has no defense for a 4-9 debacle.
24. Cleveland Browns - Since October, the Browns have been no easy mark.
25. Buffalo Bills - This high-priced defense has some talent, but no character.
26. Carolina Panthers - They just took out a season's worth of frustrations on the Falcons.
27. Philadelphia Eagles - In the midst of a lost year, they may have found their quarterback.
28. Tennessee Titans - Chris Johnson will be geared up for a rare Monday night appearance.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - Chad Henne may be a decent backup, but he's not the guy.
30. Arizona Cardinals - Kurt Warner's not coming back, folks. Move on.
31. Oakland Raiders - Remember when Chiefs-Raiders used to mean something?
32. Kansas City Chiefs - A loyal fan base demands a shakeup and Clark Hunt feels their pain.