AP Pro32 ballot from Berman

AP Pro32 ballot from Berman
January 2, 2013, 4:34 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Chris Berman of ESPN:

Week 18


1. San Francisco 49ers - As long as Justin Smith is ready to roll for

the postseason.

2. Denver Broncos - Eleven straight wins by seven or more points -

only the third team ever. Congrats to John Fox on 100 wins.

3. New England Patriots - Third highest-scoring team ever pitch a

shutout in finale.

4. Green Bay Packers - Reward for going 9-2 down the stretch facing

Adrian Peterson three times in six games.

5. Atlanta Falcons - An allowable mulligan, we think. Nobody needs a

playoff win worse than Falcons.

6. Seattle Seahawks - Only undefeated team at home, but playoffs will

take them away. It's OK, they're ready.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Whatever Week 16 formula was, find it. Ray Lewis

returns for playoffs a large plus.

8. Houston Texans - Houston hopes it doesn't have a problem.

9. Washington Redskins - Seventh straight win since bipartisan

politics at its best.

10. Minnesota Vikings - Congrats to Adrian Peterson on an amazing game

and season. Congrats to the Vikings on going from three wins to 10.

11. Chicago Bears - Ten wins usually enough for postseason. Instead,

their coach gets fired. Tough business.

12. Cincinnati Bengals - Hottest team in playoffs nobody is talking


13. Indianapolis Colts - Just when the story couldn't get any better,

it did by leaps and bounds. Congrats to coach Chuck Pagano and all the


14. New York Giants - Coulda, shoulda, woulda.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Odd not seeing them in postseason.

16. New Orleans Saints - Sean Payton will be back. So will Saints in


17. Carolina Panthers - Ended season with four straight wins.

18. Dallas Cowboys - .500 for season, and 21st Century.

19. San Diego Chargers - A sharp left turn for the powder blue, as two

good football men are let go.

20. St. Louis Rams - Took until Week 17 to lose a division game.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - A nice finish to what once was a season

filled with hope.

22. Miami Dolphins - Made strides.

23. Detroit Lions - Lost eight straight to finish. C'mon Man!

24. Cleveland Browns - Time for Paul Brown?

25. Buffalo Bills - We'll try circling a different wagon.

26. New York Jets - An offensive nightmare.

27. Philadelphia Eagles - Can only hope to get a coach that

accomplishes what Andy Reid did.

28. Tennessee Titans - At least the music is good in Nashville.

29. Arizona Cardinals - 4-0 to 5-11.

30. Oakland Raiders - Black Hole still black.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - First draft pick will be fun.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - The weather is nice there.