Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
1. Atlanta Falcons - "Halfway to Perfect" - the completely perfect
headline in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the Falcons
remained unbeaten at the halfway point after grinding out a home win
over the Cowboys.
2. Chicago Bears - The turnover machine that is the Bears came up with
five more, including four forced fumbles by Charles Tillman and an
interception return for TD by Brian Urlacher in a 51-20 beatdown of
the Titans. Biggest day yet for Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, who
team up for three TDs.
3. Houston Texans - Texans send former No. 1 overall pick Mario
Williams home a 21-9 loser, as Arian Foster and Matt Schaub beat up on
not-so-super Mario's shoddy defense.
4. Green Bay Packers - Streaking Packers make it four straight wins
with solid effort at Lambeau against slumping Cardinals. Only one
downer as Pack heads into bye week: a hamstring injury that could keep
All Pro linebacker Clay Matthews out for a couple weeks.
5. New York Giants - Eli Manning put up his worst QB rating since the
2008 playoffs as the Giants confront a familiar nemesis: the month of
November. They're 13-20 in November games during the Tom Coughlin era.
6. San Francisco 49ers - Niners come off a bye week to host the Rams.
Gotta like the home team this week.
7. Baltimore Ravens - Jimmy Haslam owns the Browns, and so does Ravens
coach John Harbaugh: He's 10-0 against Cleveland.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers - Not easy to travel and play the same day, but
Steelers get it done with a fine comeback win on the road against the
defending Super Bowl champs. Huge win that keeps them in the thick of
the playoff race.
9. New England Patriots - Pats back in action after the bye week to
host the Bills, who have lost 17 of their last 18 to New England. Pats
figure to win big once more.
10. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning putting together an MVP season ...
again. He already has a record four MVP awards in his trophy case.
11. Seattle Seahawks - Three more TD passes for rookie Russell Wilson
and Seattle survives a big day from Adrian Peterson to stay within
reach of 49ers.
12. Detroit Lions - Mikel Leshoure does something not even Barry
Sanders did in his Hall of Fame career in Detroit: rush for three
first-half TDs as Lions roll over Jags on the road.
13. Indianapolis Colts - The win over the Dolphins was great, but not
as inspiring as Chuck Pagano's locker room speech afterward. Battling
cancer, the coach vows to dance at his daughters' weddings and win
Super Bowls with the Colts. May he get to do it all.
14. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees says there's still plenty to play
for this season, especially after Saints come alive in Monday night
win over Eagles. Defense had 13 sacks coming into the game and had
more than half that total (7) against Philly.
15. Dallas Cowboys - Sign of the times: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had
to bang on his own team's locker room door to gain entrance after
Sunday night's loss to the Falcons.
16. Minnesota Vikings - More issues for quarterback Christian Ponder,
who hasn't even hit 65 passing yards in two of his last three games.
Leslie Frazier says Ponder's job isn't on the line, but Joe Webb might
want to keep that arm loose just in case.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Who ever thought Doug Martin would be in
the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year? A record-setting rushing
day for the Bucs' tailback has him in the conversation.
18. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill went toe-to-toe with rookie draft
classmate Andrew Luck, but comes up just short. Even so, another
meaningful step in the right direction for the promising QB.
19. San Diego Chargers - Chargers stop the bleeding with a home win
over the Chiefs, but they'll need more than that for anyone to think
they're a contender in the AFC West ... even though they're just a
game behind the Broncos.
20. Washington Redskins - Mike Shanahan says he's not throwing in the
towel after indicating he'll now look to who belongs with the team in
2013. The fact that the issue is even open to interpretation is the
latest sign of how badly things are going in his third year with the
21. Arizona Cardinals - They go into the bye week on a five-game
losing streak, and coach Ken Whisenhunt says he's open to changes.
What the team really needs is starting QB Kevin Kolb back from a rib
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Not all Michael Vick's fault this time.
Under pressure all night from the Saints' suddenly reinvigorated
defense, he never had a chance. And that defense under new coordinator
Todd Bowles? That's 58 points in two games so far.
23. Cincinnati Bengals - Some promising moments for the Bengals, who
led briefly in the fourth quarter against Peyton Manning's Broncos.
But then it all fell apart, as it has the last month. Four straight
losses, with the Giants up next.
24. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez faces his old coach on Sunday in
Seattle. The Jets' QB hopes he can put on a show for Pete Carroll. If
not, then the Tim Tebow calls grow ever-louder.
25. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton shows RG3 a thing or two, as the
Panthers end a five-game losing streak.
26. Oakland Raiders - Raiders' defense falls into the Black Hole,
giving up 35 points to the Bucs in the second half. Carson Palmer's
comeback bid falls one interception short, and it's more misery for
the silver and black.
27. Buffalo Bills - GM Buddy Nix says Chan Gailey will be back as head
coach next season, but defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt has no
such assurances. Not after another miserable performance against the
28. St. Louis Rams - Rams had a bye week to think about a blowout loss
to the Patriots in London. Now it's off for some NFC West-style
punishment in San Francisco.
29. Tennessee Titans - We'll let Bud Adams provide the comment here.
After watching the Titans get walloped by the Bears, 51-20, he told
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, "In my 50 years of owning an NFL
franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular season home game that
was such a disappointment for myself, and fans of the Titans. We were
grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish." As strong a
postgame comment from an owner we've ever seen.
30. Cleveland Browns - Five trips inside the red zone for rookie
quarterback Brandon Weeden and only three field goals to show for it.
Another painful week in Cleveland.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Could Mike Mularkey be one-and-done in
32. Kansas City Chiefs - Romeo Crennel gives up his defensive
coordinator duties and appoints Gary Gibbs. Next up: Ben
Roethlisberger's Steelers on the road. Good luck with that.