AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman

Updated: October 2, 2012, 4:12 PM ET
Associated Press

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:

Week 5

IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)

1. Houston Texans -- The surest bet in the NFL? The Texans winning the AFC South crown.

2. Atlanta Falcons -- You can sack Matt Ryan and you can hound the man, but you can't rattle him.

3. San Francisco 49ers -- See what happens when you get these guys mad?

4. Arizona Cardinals -- The last time these masters of OT were 4-0, Barbra Streisand was crooning about "The Way We Were."

5. Baltimore Ravens -- This new-look attack is averaging 30 points per game heading into Arrowhead.

6. New England Patriots -- A prolific afternoon at Buffalo has lifted the Brady Bunch into the No. l spot in total offense.

7. Green Bay Packers -- That was quite a shootout Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees staged at Lambeau.

8. Chicago Bears -- This ballhawking defense can keep Chicago in the NFC North chase all season.

9. Cincinnati Bengals -- Mike Zimmer's pass rush gets after people. Just ask battered Blaine Gabbert.

10. Philadelphia Eagles -- The only team in the league ranked in the top 10 on both sides of the ball.

11. New York Giants -- Philly has their number and this defense hasn't been making the key stops.

12. Denver Broncos -- Beating up on defenseless Oakland is one thing. Winning at Foxborough is quite another.

13. Minnesota Vikings -- You can't dismiss these overachievers, not the way Christian Ponder is playing.

14. San Diego Chargers -- Nice rebound from that debacle against the Falcons.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Ben Roethlisberger's off to a terrific start, but this aging defense is hardly keeping pace.

16. Dallas Cowboys -- Since beating the Giants in Week 1, the ground game has taken a siesta.

17. Washington Redskins -- There are rookie quarterbacks, and then there's Robert Griffin III.

18. New York Jets -- Can't argue with you Rex it was a butt-kicking.

19. St. Louis Rams -- They made Russell Wilson look like a rookie before preparing to take down unbeaten Arizona Thursday night.

20. Seattle Seahawks -- Strong on the ground and hapless through the air, Seattle has a lot to prove on the road.

21. Buffalo Bills -- Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to make sure his mouth guard is firmly in place before taking the field at Candlestick Park.

22. Miami Dolphins -- You can't play much better run defense through the first month.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Three consecutive losses by a total of 15 points has a new coaching staff frustrated entering the bye week.

24. Carolina Panthers -- Cam Newton is averaging 9.47 yards per pass attempt, tops in the league.

25. New Orleans Saints -- The NFL's lowest-rated passer in the fourth quarter? You guessed it, Drew Brees.

26. Detroit Lions -- Still looking for their first pick of the season, they've got a week off to recapture their mojo.

27. Kansas City Chiefs -- That minus-13 turnover ratio is comical, but Romeo Crennel isn't laughing.

28. Indianapolis Colts -- It's difficult to think about football when your head coach is fighting for his life.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars -- New offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski has had better months.

30. Oakland Raiders -- Something's awry in the East Bay when Darren McFadden is averaging 3.5 yards per carry.

31. Tennessee Titans -- On pace to allow 604 points, which would shatter the NFL's all-time record.

32. Cleveland Browns -- The Brandon Weeden experiment is off to a rocky start.



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