AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman

Updated: December 4, 2012, 4:10 PM ET
Associated Press

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

Week 14

IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)

1. Houston Texans -- Riding a 15-1 streak, Matt Schaub may be the NFL's most disrespected quarterback.

2. Atlanta Falcons -- Everyone keeps looking for cracks, but they keep winning the close ones.

3. New England Patriots -- When the Pats don't score 40 points, Boston residents lower their flags.

4. Denver Broncos -- Peyton Manning: As good as he ever was, maybe as good as there's ever been.

5. San Francisco 49ers -- Anytime Frank Gore is contained, this offense struggles.

6. Green Bay Packers -- Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford might combine for 900 yards passing at Lambeau.

7. Baltimore Ravens -- Ray Rice wants the football -- oblige your best player.

8. New York Giants -- A 1-3 slump has opened the door to the NFC East crown.

9. Seattle Seahawks -- Russell Wilson's late comebacks are becoming must-see TV.

10. Chicago Bears -- A swarming defense just disappeared in crunch time.

11. Indianapolis Colts -- Why stop at Rookie of the Year? Andrew Luck is a viable MVP candidate.

12. Cincinnati Bengals -- With an October lull well behind them, the Bengals are on a serious playoff surge.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers -- They likely salvaged their season in an unlikely venue -- Baltimore.

14. Washington Redskins -- Fiscal cliffs aside, the buzz has returned to the nation's capital.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Back-to-back losses to division leaders leaves them at the NFL crossroads.

16. Dallas Cowboys -- There's no margin for error heading to Cincinnati.

17. St. Louis Rams -- Outplaying the 49ers twice is no small feat.

18. New Orleans Saints -- Drew Brees can handle a pass rush, but not this kind of pressure.

19. Minnesota Vikings -- A slow fade into the Minnesota tundra.

20. Miami Dolphins -- Just not enough offense to beat the big boys.

21. Detroit Lions -- It's time to shop around for a new defense in Motown.

22. Cleveland Browns -- They've been quite competitive for the past two months.

23. Buffalo Bills -- A heck of a ground game has largely gone to waste.

24. San Diego Chargers -- It's all over for Norv Turner, and you can tell he knows it.

25. New York Jets -- They finally met a team with even more troubling QB issues.

26. Tennessee Titans -- Coughing up 30 points per game is no formula for success.

27. Philadelphia Eagles -- One of the league's most stable organizations is in disarray.

28. Carolina Panthers -- Cam Newton will learn from this and come back stronger in 2013.

29. Arizona Cardinals -- If only Larry Fitzgerald felt free to speak his mind about this debacle.

30. Kansas City Chiefs -- Out of unspeakable tragedy, the Chiefs bonded together.

31. Oakland Raiders -- The NFL's worst point differential resides in the East Bay.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars -- A new owner faces the same old problem ... not enough weapons.



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