AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei

AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei
December 4, 2012, 4:10 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Dan Pompei of Chicago Tribune:

Week 14

DAN POMPEI (Chicago Tribune)

1. Houston Texans - We will find out all we need to know about this team when they visit New England on Monday.

2. Denver Broncos - As if having Peyton Manning doesn't give them enough of an offensive advantage, now they have Mitch Unrein, too.

3. New England Patriots - They have won six straight and already clinched the AFC East. Can they stay on this tear through February?

4. Atlanta Falcons - They may be the least respected 11-1 team in history. Can anybody figure out why that is?

5. Baltimore Ravens - After a tough loss, it doesn't get easier from here: at the Redskins, Broncos and Giants at home, and at the Bengals.

6. San Francisco 49ers - Alex Smith is advised to keep his arm loose.

7. Green Bay Packers - Greg Jennings back; Jordy Nelson out. Been that kind of year in Green Bay.

8. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck is so good he can win even when he throws three interceptions.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - They have won three in a row by an average of 21 points per game.

10. Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson might be putting himself in the rookie of the year discussion.

11. Chicago Bears - They have lost three of four and are looking worn out, but still should win 10 or 11 games.

12. Washington Redskins - Perhaps they will start a new trend, and most every team will be running the triple option fumble.

13. New York Giants - Someone better tell them this is not 2011 and they can't wait until the last two weeks of the season to turn it on.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers - If they can beat the Ravens on the road with Charlie Batch, who can't they beat with Ben Roethlisberger?

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - They probably would love to have someone dive at their knees during a couple of late game kneel downs.

16. Dallas Cowboys - Don't forget about the Cowboys. Tony Romo has thrown 10 touchdowns and two interceptions over the last five games.

17. Minnesota Vikings - They may be wasting one of the all-time great seasons by a running back.

18. St. Louis Rams - If they could play the 49ers every week, the Rams would be one of the best teams in the NFL.

19. New Orleans Saints - They came up awfully small in two of their biggest games of the season the last two weeks.

20. Miami Dolphins - They have lost four of five and Ryan Tannehill has cooled off.

21. New York Jets - Greg McElroy wouldn't have been the best quarterback in any NFL stadium except the one he was in Sunday.

22. Buffalo Bills - They rediscovered the running game after the horse ran out of the barn.

23. Detroit Lions - With Titus Young, Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson out of action, any guesses on who Matt Stafford will throw to at Lambeau Field Sunday?

24. Cleveland Browns - The Browns have won two in a row and could make it three straight against K.C. Maybe the Mayans were right about the world ending this month.

25. San Diego Chargers - Anyone who weighs 300 pounds or more, please contact A.J. Smith for an offensive line tryout.

26. Arizona Cardinals - Did you ever think they would be longing for Kevin Kolb?

27. Tennessee Titans - OK, so maybe it wasn't all Chris Palmer's fault.

28. Oakland Raiders - Have they begun packing up the U-hauls yet?

29. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers are going to go really young the rest of the season. They should save on razors this way.

30. Philadelphia Eagles - Jim Washburn probably never dreamed getting fired would feel so good.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Their fans are more excited about seeing the Jets' backup quarterback Sunday than anyone on their own team.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Emotion can carry this team only so far. They will have to earn their next victory.

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