|AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:07|
DAN POMPEI (Chicago Tribune)
1. Atlanta Falcons - They aren't getting any style points for the way they have been winning lately, but they are the NFL's only unbeaten.
2. Houston Texans - There is no disgrace to losing to Aaron Rodgers when he's on his game like he was Sunday.
3. New York Giants - They reminded us Sunday that they were Super Bowl champions last year for a reason.
4. Baltimore Ravens - You have to respect the record, but injuries to Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb could make it difficult for them to stay on top.
5. San Francisco 49ers - They have played two teams with current winning records and lost to both of them.
6. Chicago Bears - The combined winning percentage of the four teams they have beaten is .380.
7. Green Bay Packers - Their record says they are 3-3, but their fans say they should be 5-1. Hard to argue.
8. Seattle Seahawks - Now, if they can just beat a team in the NFC West, they will be set. Big test Thursday versus the 49ers.
9. New England Patriots - You can't win Super Bowls playing the kind of defense the Patriots are playing.
10. Washington Redskins - They haven't been consistent, but on a good day the Redskins might be able to beat any team in the league.
11. Minnesota Vikings - Cracks in the foundation could be starting to show, but the Vikings still have a lot going for them.
12. Arizona Cardinals - Two straight losses to teams with current .500 records is not an encouraging trend.
13. Denver Broncos - They were a .500 team with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow; they are a .500 team with Peyton Manning.
14. San Diego Chargers - They should be cut some slack in the power poll because they wore their powder blues.
15. Detroit Lions - Beating the Eagles on the road could be a victory that turns around the Lions.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers - They have been incapable of putting two good weeks together.
17. Philadelphia Eagles - They have lost three of four and next have to take on the undefeated Falcons.
18. Miami Dolphins - Who would have bet they would be tied for first place in the AFC East at this point?
19. Cincinnati Bengals - They were showing promise but now are losing games they are supposed to win.
20. St. Louis Rams - The Rams are becoming the type of team that commands respect even in defeat.
21. New York Jets - If you can't throw it, there is another way to move the football. And the Jets might have discovered it.
22. Dallas Cowboys - Getting in position to win is one thing. Actually winning is another.
23. Buffalo Bills - Beating the Cardinals on the road was impressive, but the Bills still have a lot to prove.
24. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees did not throw a touchdown pass last weekend. Chances are good he'll throw one this weekend though.
25. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts had a predictable comedown Sunday; now let's see if they can find some equilibrium.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Beating the Chiefs was one thing. If they can beat the Saints and Vikings, that will be something else.
27. Tennessee Titans - It appears Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt are headed in the right direction, and that could bode very well for the Titans.
28. Oakland Raiders - They were impressive in defeat Sunday. And that is progress for the Raiders.
29. Carolina Panthers - A weekend off might have helped Cam Newton more than any amount of coaching could have.
30. Cleveland Browns - They are 1-12 over their last 13 games, but they also are on a one-game winning streak.
31. Kansas City Chiefs - The offense wasn't any better with Brady Quinn under center than it was with Matt Cassel.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars - They drop to No. 32 even though they didn't play last weekend. It's been that kind of season for the Jags.
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