Posted: Tuesday October 2, 2012 4:11 PM

AP Pro32 ballot from Judge

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clark Judge of CBSSports.com:

Week 5

CLARK JUDGE (CBSSports.com)

1. Houston Texans - The Texans' biggest obstacle isn't the NFC South; it's complacency.

2. Atlanta Falcons - Four games into the season, and they're three ahead in the division. At this rate, the Falcons may clinch their division by Halloween.

3. Baltimore Ravens - Say it ain't so, Joe: The Ravens can beat you with defense AND offense?

4. Arizona Cardinals - I don't care that they're winning ugly. They're winning.

5. San Francisco 49ers - I don't care what happened in Minnesota. This is a team that won't go away.

6. Philadelphia Eagles - They win when they commit turnovers. They win when they don't. Plus, their defense protects the fourth-quarter leads it did not a year ago. Connect the dots.

7. San Diego Chargers - I don't know what to make of these guys. They tease you every year, yet the teams they've beaten this fall - uh-huh, a combined 3-9.

8. Cincinnati Bengals - The more I see of Andy Dalton, the more I wonder if he's not the best quarterback in last year's class.

9. Green Bay Packers - Let's be honest: They should be 3-1, and they are the best team in their division.

10. New England Patriots - The Patriots have defensive issues, particularly in the secondary, but they won't be enough to keep them from another division title.

11. New York Giants - That was a tough loss to Philadelphia, but look at Big Blue's schedule. It's brutal.

12. Chicago Bears - So now we know what happens when the Bears protect Jay Cutler, and consider it a wake-up call for the rest of the NFC.

13. Minnesota Vikings - Their quarterback doesn't commit mistakes. Their defense is plugging holes. And they just ended an 11-game losing streak in the NFC North. Maybe it's time to get behind the Vikings.

14. Denver Broncos - I guess this means that Peyton Manning's OK, after all, huh?

15. St. Louis Rams - Not only do they have a tough, physical and relentless defense. They have a quarterback who's starting to excel again.

16. Seattle Seahawks - I love their defense. What I don't love is their quarterback. Russell Wilson is a great story, but I don't know that you can win at this level with a 5-10 rookie.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - It's still too early to tell about these guys. My guess is we find out this weekend versus Eagles.

18. Buffalo Bills - Just when the Bills are poised to become "relevant," as GM Buddy Nix would put it, Tom Brady rolls into town ... and reality sets in.

19. Dallas Cowboys - The first-team offense has exactly three touchdowns the past three weeks. Suddenly, it looks as if there's a Doomsday Offense in Big D.

20. Washington Redskins - There's only on thing RG3 can't do, and that's last the season getting hit like this.

21. Detroit Lions - Consider this: The Lions are only 10 seconds away from 0-4.

22. Carolina Panthers - Good Cam, bad Cam. All I know is that nobody makes enough plays for this team to take a giant step forward.

23. New York Jets - Somebody start the bilge pumps. The Jets have sprung so many leaks they're starting to sink in the AFC East.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - I can't wait to see what happens when Greg Schiano's offense takes a knee. My only question is: How long do we wait?

25. Miami Dolphins - So Ryan Tannehill committed costly mistakes down the stretch Sunday. There were glimpses of a future star last weekend in Arizona.

26. Tennessee Titans - Finally, Chris Johnson gets out of neutral. Unfortunately, the Titans have not.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars - Not enough offense and not enough defense is no way to try to get ahead.

28. Oakland Raiders - No longer do the Raiders lead the league in penalties. So don't tell me they're not making progress.

29. Indianapolis Colts - Chuck Pagano, get well. The Colts won't win a lot, but with Andrew Luck it's a team worth watching.

30. Kansas City Chiefs - With 15 turnovers, the Chiefs already have more than they did in 2010. Look out below.

31. New Orleans Saints - The more the Saints lose, the more Sean Payton looks like this season's Coach of the Year.

32. Cleveland Browns - That's 13 losses in their last 14 games, and, no, that's never a good sign for a head coach about to gain a new boss.

---

Online:

http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Draft Yasiel Puig NHL Playoffs NBA Playoffs Mark Cuban Jabari Parker
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint