AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez

AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez
October 16, 2012, 4:07 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com:

Week 7

ALEX MARVEZ (Foxsports.com)

1. Atlanta Falcons - And then there was one undefeated team, that is.

2. New York Giants - From an offense/defense/special teams standpoint, New York's 26-3 win at San Francisco was the most impressive victory posted by any team this season.

3. Chicago Bears - With the exception of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand), the Bears will be coming off their bye with a healthy roster entering Monday night's game against Detroit.

4. Baltimore Ravens - A 31-29 victory over Dallas was overshadowed by season-ending injuries suffered by two key defenders - cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee) and iconic linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps).

5. San Francisco 49ers - After failing to avenge last season's NFC championship game loss to the Giants, the 49ers now must win Thursday against Seattle to maintain at least a share of first place in the NFC West.

6. Houston Texans - Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers' six touchdown passes invoked nightmarish memories of when the Texans fielded one of the worst pass defenses in NFL history in 2010.

7. Seattle Seahawks - Richard Sherman 1, Tom Brady 0.

8. New England Patriots - The secondary looks just as vulnerable as in 2011.

9. Green Bay Packers - Shhhhh

10. Minnesota Vikings - Back to earth for these overachievers.

11. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning Version 2.0 is starting to play like the original prototype.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers - It took just one game - a 16-14 squeaker over Philadelphia - for a now-healthy Rashard Mendenhall to become Pittsburgh's rushing leader.

13. Philadelphia Eagles - The turnovers and inconsistent play continue.

14. Arizona Cardinals - Are two straight losses a harbinger of an outright collapse?

15. St. Louis Rams - The special-teams unit that had spearheaded the Rams' first three victories failed in a 17-14 loss to Miami.

16. Cincinnati Bengals - Consecutive losses to two teams with then-losing records (Miami and Cleveland) exposed flaws in a fading playoff front-runner.

17. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III - aka "Black Jesus," to quote Redskins tight end Fred Davis - has proven the salvation for a Mike Shanahan offense that has sputtered the previous two seasons with inferior quarterbacking.

18. San Diego Chargers - A record-setting second-half collapses against San Diego tightening the coaching noose around Norv Turner's neck.

19. Dallas Cowboys - Give the Cowboys credit for always finding a creative way to lose.

20. Miami Dolphins - On a day that Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor were honored by the Dolphins, rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill continued to follow in the footsteps of fellow Miami legend Dan Marino in a 17-14 victory over St. Louis.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Once quarterback Josh Freeman becomes more consistent over the course of an entire game, the faster Tampa Bay becomes a playoff contender.

22. Detroit Lions - As again evidenced by last Sunday's overtime win at Philadelphia, no team has more late-game moxie than the Lions with Matt Stafford at quarterback.

23. New York Jets - A rout of Indianapolis gives the Jets reason for some swagger entering Sunday's game at New England.

24. Carolina Panthers - Will a week out of the NFL pressure-cooker on Carolina's bye do Cam Newton some good?

25. Buffalo Bills - Defensive end Mario Williams (two sacks) finally showed a pulse against Arizona, but the Bills are still not playing well overall.

26. Indianapolis Colts - The NFL's 29th-ranked run defense could get a break Sunday against Cleveland if Trent Richardson (ribs) can't play.

27. New Orleans Saints - Even during their bye week, the Saints can't get a rest from continuing fallout from the franchise's offseason bounty scandal.

28. Tennessee Titans - As evidenced by both of their victories against Detroit and Pittsburgh, special teams are Tennessee's biggest strength so far this season.

29. Oakland Raiders - Carson Palmer said he should receive the blame for Sunday's 23-20 loss to Atlanta after throwing an interception returned for a touchdown late in the game. He's right, although Oakland's defense didn't bail out their quarterback when allowing Atlanta to march 39 yards in 39 seconds to set up Matt Bryant's game-winning field goal.

30. Cleveland Browns - Rookie Josh Gordon is becoming the big-play wide receiver that the Browns have sorely lacked since Braylon Edwards had his lone standout campaign in 2007.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - One priority for the Jags coming out of the bye should be a no-brainer: Getting one of the NFL's best running backs more involved in the offense. The 25 combined carries Maurice Jones-Drew received in lopsided losses to Cincinnati and Chicago were his lowest two-game total since Weeks 4 and 5 of the 2009 season.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs haven't led in regulation at any point through six games.

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