AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei
Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Dan Pompei of Chicago Tribune:
DAN POMPEI (Chicago Tribune)
1. Houston Texans - They had a letdown game and got away with it. That's a sign of a good team.
2. Baltimore Ravens - Nobody suspected Jacoby Jones would be the reason they'd be winning, but they are winning nonetheless.
3. Green Bay Packers - With any other quarterback, they would be just another team.
4. Denver Broncos - This team has scored 30 or more in five straight games and might be the hottest team in football. Are they peaking too soon?
5. San Francisco 49ers - With a trip to New Orleans on a short week looming, the 49ers needed to beat the Bears, and they did.
6. Atlanta Falcons - The offense may be off the tracks, and up next are games against the red-hot Bucs and red-hot Saints.
7. Chicago Bears - They lost back to back challenges against elite teams, and still have not beaten a contender.
8. New England Patriots - Their stock goes up for beating the Colts, but their stock goes down for losing Gronk.
9. New Orleans Saints - If the season started at the beginning of October, they might be No. 1 in these rankings.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - They have won four in a row, and Greg Schiano is starting to look like a coach of the year candidate.
11. New York Giants - If they are going to finish strong, they are going to earn it. Up next: Packers, at Redskins, Saints, at Falcons, at Ravens.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Three of next four are on the road, where the Seahawks are 1-4.
13. Minnesota Vikings - Season starts now: at Bears, at Packers, and then Bears at home.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers - With Ben Roethlisberger's arm in a sling, having the Bengals catch them may be a bigger concern than catching the Ravens.
15. Cincinnati Bengals - They have won two straight by 18 points or more, and the arrow is pointing up.
16. Indianapolis Colts - Leave it to Bill Belichick to be the one who made Andrew Luck look like a rookie.
17. Dallas Cowboys - No truth to the rumor that Jerry Jones rescinded his coaching offer to Mike Holmgren after seeing how Holmgren's Browns played.
18. Detroit Lions - Time is running out for the Lions to make a run for the playoffs, and they get the Texans on Thanksgiving next.
19. New York Jets - Beating the Rams handily on the road Sunday arguably was the most impressive thing the Jets have done all season.
20. Washington Redskins - Don't look now, but RG3 just jumped over the rookie wall.
21. Buffalo Bills - The defense finally might be coming to life - about nine games too late.
22. St. Louis Rams - Just when you think the Rams are turning the corner, they run into a wall.
23. Miami Dolphins - Looks like the rest of the league might have caught up with the Dolphins.
24. San Diego Chargers - Remember when the Chargers always had an offense that could put up big numbers? Not anymore.
25. Tennessee Titans - Five of their six losses have come by 21 points or more.
26. Arizona Cardinals - Raise your hand if you can tell the difference between John Skelton and Ryan Lindley.
27. Philadelphia Eagles - How far have the Eagles fallen? It is now news that Andy Reid will be coaching next weekend.
28. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders defense is the best friend of every offense with a league-high 322 points allowed. Every offense except the Raiders offense, that is.
29. Carolina Panthers - They have lost a lot of close games, which makes them an OK team that just doesn't know how to pull it out at the end.
30. Cleveland Browns - They are 3-17 over their past 20 games.
31. Kansas City Chiefs - They have been outscored by 132 points this year, biggest point differential in the NFL.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars - Now it looks like it will be Chad Henne's turn to take the blame.
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