Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:
Week 14
IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)
1. Houston Texans - Riding a 15-1 streak, Matt Schaub may be the NFL's most disrespected quarterback.
2. Atlanta Falcons - Everyone keeps looking for cracks, but they keep winning the close ones.
3. New England Patriots - When the Pats don't score 40 points, Boston residents lower their flags.
4. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning: As good as he ever was, maybe as good as there's ever been.
5. San Francisco 49ers - Anytime Frank Gore is contained, this offense struggles.
6. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford might combine for 900 yards passing at Lambeau.
7. Baltimore Ravens - Ray Rice wants the football - oblige your best player.
8. New York Giants - A 1-3 slump has opened the door to the NFC East crown.
9. Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson's late comebacks are becoming must-see TV.
10. Chicago Bears - A swarming defense just disappeared in crunch time.
11. Indianapolis Colts - Why stop at Rookie of the Year? Andrew Luck is a viable MVP candidate.
12. Cincinnati Bengals - With an October lull well behind them, the Bengals are on a serious playoff surge.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers - They likely salvaged their season in an unlikely venue - Baltimore.
14. Washington Redskins - Fiscal cliffs aside, the buzz has returned to the nation's capital.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Back-to-back losses to division leaders leaves them at the NFL crossroads.
16. Dallas Cowboys - There's no margin for error heading to Cincinnati.
17. St. Louis Rams - Outplaying the 49ers twice is no small feat.
18. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees can handle a pass rush, but not this kind of pressure.
19. Minnesota Vikings - A slow fade into the Minnesota tundra.
20. Miami Dolphins - Just not enough offense to beat the big boys.
21. Detroit Lions - It's time to shop around for a new defense in Motown.
22. Cleveland Browns - They've been quite competitive for the past two months.
23. Buffalo Bills - A heck of a ground game has largely gone to waste.
24. San Diego Chargers - It's all over for Norv Turner, and you can tell he knows it.
25. New York Jets - They finally met a team with even more troubling QB issues.
26. Tennessee Titans - Coughing up 30 points per game is no formula for success.
27. Philadelphia Eagles - One of the league's most stable organizations is in disarray.
28. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton will learn from this and come back stronger in 2013.
29. Arizona Cardinals - If only Larry Fitzgerald felt free to speak his mind about this debacle.
30. Kansas City Chiefs - Out of unspeakable tragedy, the Chiefs bonded together.
31. Oakland Raiders - The NFL's worst point differential resides in the East Bay.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars - A new owner faces the same old problem ... not enough weapons.
---
Online:
http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Recent NFL Discussions

Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Bears vs. Lions Pick Can the Detroit Lions take care of business at home on Sunday when they host the Chicago Bears, or are they set for a...
Thumbnail Texans vs. Colts Pick The Colts racked up plenty of points in their previous game but is the under the best play when they host the Texans this Sunday?
Thumbnail Bengals vs. Browns Pick Can the Cleveland Browns find a way to compete with the Cincinnati Bengals when the two meet up this Sunday?
Thumbnail Steelers vs. Bills Prediction Will this Sunday's AFC matchup between the Steelers and Bills turn into a high-scoring affair at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Panthers Pick Will the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers have a shootout when the two meet up on Sunday at 1PM ET?
Advertisement

NFL Team Pages