AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber
Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
1. Houston Texans - Another skin-of-their-teeth win in OT for the Texans, who continue to find ways to win despite more shaky moments on defense.
2. San Francisco 49ers - Another strong effort from Colin Kaepernick, and Jim Harbaugh may have no choice but to keep him in the starting lineup over Alex Smith. Not an easy call either way.
3. Atlanta Falcons - Another comeback win for Matt Ryan in a game that just about finishes off the NFC South race. Even so, Falcons need to worry about their running game. Might catch up to them at some point.
4. New England Patriots - Pats are on fire, scoring a combined 190 points in their last four wins. Defense is getting better, too. Ready for another Super Bowl run?
5. New York Giants - Defending champs break two-game streak with resounding win over the Packers, as Eli Manning breaks a three-game touchdown pass drought with three TD passes.
6. Baltimore Ravens - Ray Rice with the biggest play of the season for Baltimore, converting a fourth-and-29 to key an OT win over the Chargers. Ugly win, but one that all but clinches the AFC North race.
7. Denver Broncos - Six straight for Denver, although Peyton Manning had to overcome some early struggles before putting away the Chiefs. It would take a colossal collapse for the Broncos not to win the division.
8. Chicago Bears - Jay Cutler for MVP? He should absolutely be in the discussion, especially with how poorly the Bears play when he's not in the lineup.
9. Green Bay Packers - Packers see a five-game winning streak end with a weak effort on the road against the Giants. Just didn't show up.
10. Indianapolis Colts - It's looking awfully good for Andrew Luck's Colts to get into the tournament as a wild card. Nice job by rookie T.Y. Hilton with two TDs to spark the win over Buffalo.
11. New Orleans Saints - Saints can't protect Drew Brees against 49ers' ferocious defense, so they take a major step backward in the wild card race. They'll need some help down the stretch.
12. Cincinnati Bengals - Andy Dalton once again shows why it was the right time for the Bengals to let Carson Palmer go last year. Dalton outplays Palmer in Cincy to keep the Bengals' playoff hopes on track.
13. Washington Redskins - RG3 puts on a Thanksgiving Day show in Dallas and keeps Washington alive in the playoff race. A win over the Giants on Monday night, and the NFC East race is up for grabs.
14. Seattle Seahawks - A double dose of bad news for the Seahawks: They lose to the Dolphins, and face the possibility of losing their starting cornerbacks to suspensions.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bucs go toe-to-toe with the Falcons, but can't put it away at the end. Now it's wild card or bust.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Jason Garrett sure didn't do much to help his cause. Another poor effort in a home loss to the Redskins has Dallas barely clinging to hope and Garrett barely clinging to his job.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger can't get back soon enough. Steelers are nowhere without him.
18. Minnesota Vikings - Remember that 4-1 start? Seems like forever ago for a team that's 2-4 in its last six.
19. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill keys a 17-point burst in the final minutes to beat Seattle and keep Miami in the thick of the wildcard chase.
20. Tennessee Titans - Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is shown the door after Jake Locker's poor effort in Jacksonville. Now it's quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains' turn to call the plays.
21. Detroit Lions - That's nine straight Thanksgiving Day losses for the Lions, but this one hurt just a little bit more, thanks to that huge challenge flag gaffe by Jim Schwartz.
22. Buffalo Bills - Chan Gailey still thinks there's a chance for a playoff run, but his team's performance sure indicates otherwise.
23. St. Louis Rams - Janoris Jenkins takes two Ryan Lindley interceptions to the house, and the Rams' defense shuts out the Cardinals in the second half to double last year's win total.
24. San Diego Chargers - This keeps getting more painful by the week. Chargers allow Ray Rice to convert a fourth-and-29 in the fourth quarter, and the Bolts lose in OT. Big changes coming soon in San Diego.
25. New York Jets - Even Fireman Ed can't bear to keep cheering for these guys. J-E-T-S, JETS! JETS! JETS! will never be the same without him.
26. Cleveland Browns - Season might be lost, but beating Pittsburgh is good no matter what the record says. Browns force eight turnovers to shock the Ben Roethlisberger-less Stillers.
27. Carolina Panthers - When Cam Newton plays the way he did against the Iggles, he's the most electrifying player in the league.
28. Arizona Cardinals - The losing streak hits seven, with no end in sight. At least not until Kevin Kolb starts throwing passes again.
29. Philadelphia Eagles - Five more games remaining before the Andy Reid era is no more.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars - Another impressive performance from Chad Henne, who continues to make his pitch to be next year's starter.
31. Oakland Raiders - Time for Terrelle Pryor? Why not? Can't get much worse for the Raiders.
32. Kansas City Chiefs - Oh well. At least the Chiefs get the chance to draft their quarterback of the future next April.
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