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AP Pro32 ballot from Kirwan

AP Pro32 ballot from Kirwan

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com:

Week 10

PAT KIRWAN (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com)

1. Atlanta Falcons - The only undefeated team in the NFL has played well on both sides of the ball and doesn't panic when things are going bad.

2. Chicago Bears - The defense is going to break the record for scoring and Cutler to Marshall is on fire. I do worry about the pass protection with 14 sacks in the last three weeks.

3. Houston Texans - The Texans dominate teams but now hit the road to face the Bears. It will be interesting to see how they respond to adversity which they rarely see except for the Packer game.

4. Denver Broncos - The Manning offense is getting better each week and the defense is right behind the offense. When they force an opponent into a one dimensional pass attack Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller look like Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in their prime.

5. San Francisco 49ers - The Niners have been on a bye but not forgotten. They will climb right back in the top three in the next week or two.

6. New York Giants - Last year they went on a four-game losing streak in November which I do not think will happen again this year. They do need to get their linebackers healthy and some receivers not named Cruz have to step up.

7. New England Patriots - The bye was good for all the young players to get more work especially on the defense. Traded for the troubled but talented Aqib Talib. Tom Brady gets some of his weapons back and the offense is at home for the next two weeks. The Patriots have scored 180 points in the last five games.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers - The running game is alive no matter who the running back is, the short passing game is effective and the defense is back on top. The Steelers climb the rankings over the next few weeks.

9. Baltimore Ravens - The defense is in an adjustment period with the injuries but the offense needs to do more and take the lead. The run game will be there but the passing game needs to be more productive to hold the division lead.

10. Seattle Seahawks - Close to impossible to beat at home and there are still four home games starting this week with the Jets coming to town. Russell Wilson has thrown five touchdown passes in the last two games.

11. Green Bay Packers - It doesn't matter what Packer receivers are available, Aaron Rodgers will throw touchdown passes. The defense continues to incur injuries which now includes Clay Matthews. The defense faces Stafford, and Eli Manning in the next two weeks.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Coach Schiano has built attitude into this team and they are a tough out. Doug Martin is quickly becoming an elite RB and Josh Freeman is back to 2010 form. The problems are on defense, which gave up over 400 yards passing to the Raiders, The next four QBs they face are Rivers, Newton, Ryan and Peyton.

13. Indianapolis Colts - The whole country is pulling for coach Pagano and the team is playing with great focus. Andrew Luck already looks like Peyton Manning. Watch out for the Colts.

14. Detroit Lions - The Lion offense is back on track and the presence of running back Mikel Leshoure gives them some balance. The defense has injury issues and probably need to be supported by more scoring from the offense.

15. Minnesota Vikings - Christian Ponder is struggling and unless he improves quickly the two game losing streak will grow no matter how many yards AP runs for each week.

16. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill's game against the Colts last week was overshadowed by Andrew Luck's record breaking performance. Miami is a tough out and has two winnable games coming up.

17. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers are 4-2 in the conference and 3-1 in the division. As bad as they have looked at times they are one game behind the Broncos.

18. New Orleans Saints - A big win over the Eagles and a defense that got seven sacks makes the Saints look like a team that can make it to the playoffs. We'll find out this week with the undefeated Falcons coming to the Big Easy.

19. Dallas Cowboys - It's tough to figure out the Cowboys. At times they look overrated and the season is slipping away. I'm not sure they can rally the players and get on a run. They do face the Eagles this week who have their own issues.

20. Washington Redskins - After a fast start RG3 is dealing with defenses that have a plan for him. In the three-game losing streak the Skins are on, RG3 has been sacked eight times. The bye comes at a critical time for this team.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Andy Dalton is in the middle of a sophomore slump and a four-game losing streak. The five sacks last week were as troubling as the interceptions. The defense is giving up 27 points a game in the losing streak and it doesn't get any easier with the Giants coming to town.

22. Philadelphia Eagles - What a mess in Philly! The defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, was the fall guy for a team that has a lot more problems on offense with turnovers.

23. New York Jets - The running game has some life in it right now which helps stabilize the situation but are 1-4 in last five games and head to Seattle this week.

24. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals only gave up two sacks last week, which for them is an achievement. They are on a bye this week and that's a good thing for the Arizona quarterbacks. A five-game losing streak after a four-game winning streak to start the season is a hard pill to swallow.

25. Tennessee Titans - Matt Hasselbeck has now lost two in a row and Jake Locker was cleared to practice so expect the second year QB back on the field. It is looking less and less like this team will be a wild card team.

26. Oakland Raiders - Palmer threw for over 400 yards last week and he may have to do it every week if McFadden can't go or be 100 per cent. The Raider defense doesn't look like they can stop the run after rookie Doug Martin dropped 251 on them, and now they face Ray Rice.

27. Carolina Panthers - A much needed win over the Redskins stopped the bleeding at least for a week. A team without a GM will struggle the rest of the season. Peyton Manning is coming to town this week and the former Panthers coach John Fox.

28. Buffalo Bills - GM Buddy Nix said he doesn't want to leave Buffalo without securing a franchise QB. That says it all in western New York.

29. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher is turning things around, but it is going to take time. Getting Danny Amendola back is very important. Since 2010 when Amendola plays the Rams are 10-12.

30. Cleveland Browns - No one can say this team doesn't compete. They play for 60 minutes every week but are simply too young to win a lot of games. They are on a bye this week and hopefully come back and get two or three more wins.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Without MJD, the Jags don't have much of a chance but they do play the Colts this week and did beat them earlier this season for their only win.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Romeo Crennel told me he stepped down as defensive coordinator to be more visible to the offense and special teams. At this point, the Chiefs need to try anything to turn their fortunes around. Right now they are headed to the first pick in the draft, which isn't all bad.

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All but one NFL owner approves of Raiders' move to Las Vegas

All but one NFL owner approves of Raiders' move to Las Vegas

PHOENIX — NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings Monday.

The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland's proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money. Bank of America also is giving Raiders owner Mark Davis a $650 million loan, further helping to persuade owners to allow the third team relocation in just over a year.

Owners voted 31-1 to approve the move, with the Miami Dolphins opposed.

The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, and in January the Chargers relocated from San Diego to LA. The Raiders likely will play two or three more years in the Bay Area before their $1.7 billion stadium near the Las Vegas strip is ready.

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Las Vegas, long taboo to the NFL because of its legalized gambling, also is getting an NHL team this fall, the Golden Knights.

"Today will forever change the landscape of Las Vegas and UNLV football," said Steve Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission and a former member of a panel appointed by the Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to study the stadium tax funding plan.

"I couldn't be more excited for the fans and residents of Clark County as we move forward with the Raiders and the Rebels," Sisolak said.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and a group trying to keep the team in Oakland, made a last-ditch presentation to the NFL last week. But that letter was "filled with uncertainty," according to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Monday, she asked the owners to delay the vote, wanting to give her city a chance to negotiate with a small group of owners to complete a stadium deal at the Coliseum site.

"Never that we know of has the NFL voted to displace a team from its established market when there is a fully financed option before them with all the issues addressed," Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. "I'd be remiss if I didn't do everything in my power to make the case for Oakland up until the very end."

Schaaf said the city has presented a $1.3 billion plan for a stadium at the Coliseum site that would be ready by 2021. She says the existing Coliseum would be demolished by 2024, with the Oakland Athletics baseball team either moving to a new stadium at the Coliseum site or somewhere else in the city.

The Raiders' move became more certain this month when Bank of America offered the loan. That replaced the same amount the Raiders lost when the league balked at having casino owner Sheldon Adelson involved and he was dropped from the team's plans.

Leaving the Bay Area is not something new with the Raiders, who played in Los Angeles from 1982-94 before heading back to Oakland. Davis was passed over last year in an attempt to move to a stadium in the LA area that would have been jointly financed with the Chargers. Instead, the owners approved the Rams' relocation and gave the Chargers an option to join them, which they exercised this winter.

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Proposed NFL rule change would eliminate Ravens' intentional holding strategy

Proposed NFL rule change would eliminate Ravens' intentional holding strategy

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

It made everyone do a double-take, then it made perfect sense to non-Cincinnati and non-Pittsburgh fans.

Back in Week 12 when the Baltimore Ravens held off the Cincinnati Bengals 19-14, it wasn't a single touchdown that made national headlines. Rather it was a game ending safety that cut a seven-point deficit to only five. 

On the final play, numerous Ravens players held the opposing Bengals, who were setting up to receive punt, with 11 seconds left on the clock. Punter Sam Koch, just sat back, draining the clock before finally running out the back of the end zone with the clock at zero. 

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Thursday it was proposed to the NFL's Competition Committee to make plays like this illegal. 

While it may be considered unfair to some, making this new rule would simply add to an already expanding rule book and only be used for a select handful of plays a year, maybe. 

Eliminating cleverness of coaches that are well versed in the NFL rule book, should not be the approach of the of rule adaptations. There is no impact on player safety nor does it make the game 'more watchable' (like the extra-point rule).

Not only that, but the new proposed rule just leaves another set of loopholes for coaches to take advantage of at the end of a game. What if team trying to score on the last play commits two offensive penalties just to get another shot at the endzone?

But before making a massive overhaul to fix all of the loopholes in the NFL rule book, can we establish what a catch is first?

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