AP Pro32 ballot from Gosselin

Updated: October 2, 2012, 4:13 PM ET
Associated Press

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Rick Gosselin of Dallas Morning News:

Week 5

RICK GOSSELIN (Dallas Morning News)

1. Houston Texans -- The Texans don't beat themselves. They are 4-0 and have turned the ball over just twice.

2. Atlanta Falcons -- An NFC South quarterback leads the NFL in passing. It's not Drew Brees -- it's Matt Ryan.

3. Baltimore Ravens -- How's this for role reversal -- the offense is carrying the Ravens defense. Baltimore ranks second in offense, 23rd in defense.

4. San Francisco 49ers -- The 3-1 49ers play their next three games at home, starting Sunday with Buffalo.

5. Arizona Cardinals -- If the NFL conducted its coach of the year balloting at the end of September, Ken Whisenhunt would be the slam-dunk choice.

6. Chicago Bears -- The Bears lead the NFL with 14 takeaways.

7. San Diego Chargers -- The Chargers are once again emerging as the team to beat in the AFC West.

8. Green Bay Packers -- The Packers begin a rare three-game road trip this weekend at Indianapolis. Only two teams were assigned such trips in 2012, the Packers and Texans.

9. Philadelphia Eagles -- The Eagles visit the Steelers this weekend -- one of seven interconference games on the schedule. The NFC holds an 8-4 edge in those games to this point.

10. Cincinnati Bengals -- The Bengals lead the NFL with 17 sacks.

11. New England Patriots -- The NFL's best offense. With Tom Brady taking the snaps, that should never be a surprise.

12. Minnesota Vikings -- The Vikings are playing defense again -- and winning again.

13. New York Giants -- Only Drew Brees has passed for more yards than Eli Manning's 1,320. Brees is 0-4, Manning 2-2.

14. Denver Broncos -- Like old times this weekend -- Manning versus Brady. Except that Manning will be wearing orange.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- The Steelers return from their bye this weekend. They are 14-9 all-time after byes.

16. Washington Redskins -- Robert Griffin III arrives and suddenly the Redskins have the best rushing attack in the NFL.

17. Carolina Panthers -- Who rushes for more yards this season -- Cam Newton or Robert Griffin III? Right now it's Griffin.

18. St. Louis Rams -- The Rams are still looking for their first rushing touchdown of the season. And that's with Steven Jackson in the backfield.

19. Dallas Cowboys -- In the last 16 games Tony Romo has committed a turnover, the Cowboys are 5-11. This team has no margin for error.

20. Seattle Seahawks -- The Seahawks have the worst passing offense in a pass-happy league.

21. New York Jets -- The Jets became the first home team to get shut out since the Raiders in the seventh weekend of the 2011 season.

22. Buffalo Bills -- An AFC North quarterback leads the NFL with 12 TD passes. But it's not Tom Brady -- it's Ryan Fitzpatrick.

23. Detroit Lions -- The Lions have a much needed bye. That will give them time to work on special teams, which have allowed four kick returns for touchdowns in the last two games.

24. Oakland Raiders -- The Raiders are one of four teams with a bye this week. That will give them time to figure out how to better incorporate Darren McFadden in the NFL's worst rushing offense.

25. Kansas City Chiefs -- QB Matt Cassel shares the NFL interception lead with seven. He also has lost two fumbles.

26. New Orleans Saints -- How soon before Saints fans start putting the bags back over their heads?

27. Jacksonville Jaguars -- The Jaguars have the worst passing offense in the AFC and the worst offense in the NFL.

28. Indianapolis Colts -- The Colts return from their bye this weekend. They are 13-10 all-time after byes.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- The Buccaneers are reeling along with a three-game losing streak.

30. Miami Dolphins -- The Dolphins were criticized for reaching for QB Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick of the 2012 draft. There is silence now after his 431-yard passing performance against the Cardinals.

31. Tennessee Titans -- Three turnovers by Tennessee quarterbacks have been returned for touchdowns. It's tough to win when you're asking your offense to tackle.

32. Cleveland Browns -- Winless, but with the likes of Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Billy Winn and Jabaal Sheard this franchise finally has a future.



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