??AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman??

??AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman??
October 9, 2012, 5:32 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:

Week 6

IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)

1. Houston Texans - How will the loss of Brian Cushing affect J.J. Watt, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year after the first five weeks?

2. Atlanta Falcons - Led by MVP candidate Matt Ryan, these Dixie Hummingbirds keep finding new ways to win.

3. San Francisco 49ers - They know who they are and what they're good at and that's half the battle.

4. New England Patriots - While defenses focus on stopping Tom Brady, these backs run all over you.

5. Baltimore Ravens - Once opponents enter Baltimore's red zone, they encounter a red light.

6. Chicago Bears - They've already scored five times on returns. That's one less TD than the Jags or Raiders have generated all season.

7. New York Giants - That end zone salsa dance by Victor Cruz is getting a workout.

8. Green Bay Packers - The Pack could trail the Vikings by three games in the NFC North by Sunday evening.

9. Minnesota Vikings - Even with Jared Allen off to a slow start, this defense is getting after people.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers - Any fool who writes off this defense never had to block James Harrison.

11. Arizona Cardinals - The NFC's worst ground game is running out of able bodies.

12. Cincinnati Bengals - With only one pick through five weeks, the Bengals are looking for some playmakers in the secondary.

13. Philadelphia Eagles - This highly regarded pass rush has fallen like autumn leaves.

14. Denver Broncos - A minus-6 turnover differential and a grueling early schedule is cause for concern.

15. St. Louis Rams - An aggressive secondary is benefiting from a relentless pass rush.

16. Dallas Cowboys - Going into Baltimore is no way to build Tony Romo's confidence.

17. Seattle Seahawks - The NFL's No. 1 defense has eased the burden of rookie QB Russell Wilson.

18. San Diego Chargers - After being shredded by Drew Brees, San Diego's secondary braces for Peyton Manning.

19. Washington Redskins - Sean Weatherspoon just rudely introduced RG3 to the speed and savagery of the NFL.

20. Miami Dolphins - Don't be fooled by that 2-3 getaway they could easily be 4-1.

21. New Orleans Saints - One game doesn't make a trend, but at least it's a start for an embattled franchise.

22. New York Jets - Attendance issues could prompt a switch under center to Tim Tebow.

23. Indianapolis Colts - That one was for Chuck Pagano, with the promise of many more to come.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Paying a steep price under new coach Greg Schiano for failing to close out games.

25. Detroit Lions - Let's see what they learned about themselves after a bye week.

26. Carolina Panthers - Without Cam Newton, this running attack would be averaging only 90 yards per game.

27. Buffalo Bills - This defense has been beaten down to rubble in the past six quarters.

28. Kansas City Chiefs - If they ever stop beating themselves, they could be decent.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars - They're bad and they're boring. That's a deadly exacta.

30. Oakland Raiders - One day, in another galaxy, they will return to Pride and Poise.

31. Tennessee Titans - When Jeff Fisher departed Nashville, he took any semblance of defense with him.

32. Cleveland Browns - You couldn't ask for a better start at the Meadowlands, or a worse finish.



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