Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter John Lynch of Fox Sports:
JOHN LYNCH (Fox Sports)
NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the New England Patriots by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1)
NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Houston Texans by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
HOUSTON TEXANS (4)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots insist that their rout of the Texans was not a ``statement'' game to show they could excel against the team with the NFL's best record.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have tied an NFL record and they're not proud of it.