Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
plays. Another Monday night masterpiece, and the Patriots declare
themselves the best team in the game right now.
won eight straight, but only two against teams currently with winning
records. Huge test in Baltimore this week.
the running for Defensive Player of the Year. And now for the two-week
stretch that could decide playoff positioning: at New England and at
statement game - a very bad statement game - for Houston. If there's a
rematch in January, Texans better hope it's in Houston.
5. Atlanta Falcons - Off day in Carolina or were the Falcons exposed?
They'll find out quickly when they host the defending Super Bowl
champs on Sunday.
6. New York Giants - Giants are at their best when their backs are
against the wall. Latest example was 52-27 thumping of New Orleans at
home. Rookie David Wilson was brilliant on kickoff returns and
injected himself into the running back rotation.
who already has six of them in his first 13 games. Ridiculous.
8. Green Bay Packers - Win and you're in: If Green Bay beats the
wounded Bears on the road on Sunday, they clinch the NFC North. Pack
gets in position to win the division with solid, if unspectacular
effort against Detroit.
9. Baltimore Ravens - Two losses, more problems on offense, and John
Harbaugh has had enough. Out with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron
and in with Jim Caldwell. Risky move, but worth it for Harbaugh. Tough
first task when Baltimore hosts Caldwell's old pal Peyton Manning.
up on Washington State. Seahawks absolutely pummel Cardinals 58-0,
only 11 points from equaling Carroll's most lopsided win in college.
11. Washington Redskins - Good news for RG3 that he didn't end his
season with that knee injury. But it's a sobering reminder that the
kid needs to stay in the pocket more for his own good.
whiplash against the Vikings. Bears trust he's right. Cutler's their
13. Minnesota Vikings - Not sure we've seen anything like Adrian
Peterson before. Still not even a year since reconstructive surgery,
and he just might be a 2,000-yard rusher.
14. Dallas Cowboys - Dramatic and emotional comeback win in Cincinnati
for the Cowboys, who are still mourning the loss of practice squad
player Jerry Brown. Tony Romo's comeback may have saved the season.
15. Cincinnati Bengals - Bengals blow nine-point lead against Cowboys
and need to recover quickly. At Philly is no lock, and then it's at
Pittsburgh and home to Baltimore. Bengals on the bubble right now.
Steelers' defense left. Roethlisberger didn't help with an
interception and a botched screen pass.
17. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher probably won't win Coach of the Year
honors, but he has done a sensational job getting this Rams team
competitive this quickly. He has already tripled last year's win
defense. Freeman bad early and the defense bad late. Decisive blow for
Bucs' playoff chances.
19. New Orleans Saints - Looks like the Saints are done after getting
blown out against the Giants. Just a horrid stretch for Drew Brees,
who has only one touchdown and seven INTs in his last two games.
20. Detroit Lions - Losing streak to Packers now at 22, longest in the
NFL. That kind of year for a Lions team that looked so promising
21. Miami Dolphins - Dolphins just not in 49ers' league. Home game
against Jacksonville on Sunday more their speed.
22. New York Jets - Could the Jets recover enough after Mark Sanchez's
infamous "butt fumble" to make the playoffs? Not out of the question
if the Jets win out.
23. San Diego Chargers - As the saying goes, the 15th time's the
charm. San Diego beats the Stillers in Pittsburgh for the first time
in 15 regular-season visits, this just days after a report that said
Norv Turner is out after the season.
Falcons. Makes you wonder why this hasn't happened more often this
25. Buffalo Bills - OK, so Chan Gailey was technically wrong when he
said the Bills are out of the playoff picture. But if they do get
there, it would make the Frank Reich's comeback against the Oilers
look like child's play.
26. Cleveland Browns - Progress, yes. Enough to convince Jimmy Haslam
to stick with Pat Shurmur? Probably not.
27. Philadelphia Eagles - Nick Foles in a terrific comeback win over
the Buccaneers, winning at the buzzer and giving the Iggles some hope
for the future.
falters in second half with that stunning interception from his own
1-yard line. Game over.
29. Arizona Cardinals - Cardinals have had some bad losses in their
mostly sorry history, but 58-0 in Seattle tops 'em all. Ken Whisenhunt
gets the rest of the year, but might get the gate at the end.
why the Browns gave up on him.
Jags he'll be the guy next year.
season. Doubt he'll see that cash.