AP Pro32 ballot from Gosselin

AP Pro32 ballot from Gosselin
November 20, 2012, 5:28 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Rick Gosselin of Dallas Morning News:

Week 12

RICK GOSSELIN (Dallas Morning News)

1. Houston Texans - The Texans sit atop the AFC with a 9-1 record but now embark on a three-game road trip (Detroit, Tennessee, New England). It's only the second three-game trip in franchise history.

2. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons lead the NFL with 10 individual 100-yard receiving games this season - five by Roddy White, three by Julio Jones and two by Tony Gonzalez.

3. San Francisco 49ers - The NFL's best rushing attack and NFC's best defense allow a team to win regardless who's quarterbacking. The 49ers can win with either Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick taking the snaps.

4. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens will be without perennial Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed this week against San Diego. The NFL sat Reed down for a game for repeated illegal hits on defenseless players.

5. Denver Broncos - The Broncos have won five games in a row, the longest current winning streak in the AFC. That matches the five-game winning streak by the Packers in the NFC.

6. New England Patriots - The Patriots have forced 27 turnovers and committed just seven themselves. That's a plus-20 and that leads the league.

7. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 17 TD passes against only two interceptions in the last five games, all Packer victories.

8. Chicago Bears - The Bears are 5-0 when they score on defense and 2-3 when they don't.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers are starting a third different quarterback in three weeks. Injuries have already cost the Steelers Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. Now it's Charlie Batch's turn.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Dekoda Watson is making a bid for special-teams player of the month for the Bucs. He blocked a kick two weeks ago against San Diego then recovered a fumbled punt last week versus Carolina.

11. Seattle Seahawks - Rookie QB Russell Wilson has thrown eight interceptions this season - and all have come in his five road games. He has thrown 11 of his 15 TD passes at home. His Seahawks travel to Miami Sunday.

12. New York Giants - The Giants have recovered five fumbles this season on special-teams alone.

13. Minnesota Vikings - The Giants, Titans, Seahawks and Vikings all return from bye weeks - the final byes of the NFL season. Minnesota is the best of the four coming off byes with a 17-6 record. The Vikings play at Chicago Sunday.

14. New Orleans Saints - The Saints are 2-3 when Drew Brees throws for 300-plus yards and 3-2 when he doesn't. New Orleans has a three-game winning streak and Brees hasn't passed for 300 in any of them.

15. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts claimed Andrew Luck with the first overall pick of the 2012 draft and are certainly getting their money's worth. Twice he's thrown 50 passes in a game and he has a 400-yard and four 300s games.

16. Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys have big problems on their offensive line. They allowed seven sacks last week and now their best blocker, Tyron Smith, figures to miss the Thanksgiving game with a high ankle sprain.

17. Cincinnati Bengals - The 5-5 Bengals cling to playoff contention even though they are better on the road (3-2) than at home (2-3).

18. Tennessee Titans - Opposing quarterbacks are completing better than 70 percent of their passes against the Titans. It's tough to win when the other team doesn't throw incompletions.

19. Washington Redskins - The Redskins are the NFL's most penalized team with 88 for 729 yards. That's 51 more flags than the least penalized team (Atlanta) for 434 more yards.

20. Detroit Lions - WR Calvin Johnson is heating up with three consecutive 100-yard receiving games for the Lions. Too little, too late, though.

21. San Diego Chargers - At 4-6, the Chargers are the worst second-place team in the NFL. San Diego has lost two in a row to fall under .500.

22. Arizona Cardinals - John Skelton and Kevin Kolb have both had 300-yard passing games for the Cardinals this season. Rookie Ryan Lindley may soon get the chance to join them for the slumping Cards.

23. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins rank 21st in the NFL in defense. That's the best defense being played in the state of Florida. Tampa Bay ranks 29th and Jacksonville 31st.

24. New York Jets - The Patriots at home on Thanksgiving constitutes last call at respectability in 2012 for the Jets.

25. St. Louis Rams - The Rams have gone eight consecutive seasons without qualifying for the playoffs. At 3-6-1, you can tack on a ninth year to that postseason drought.

26. Buffalo Bills - The Bills have allowed a league-high 16 touchdowns on the ground. Not surprisingly, they have the AFC's worst run defense.

27. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders have not sacked any quarterbacks in the last two games. Their 11 sacks are the fewest in the league.

28. Philadelphia Eagles - Everything on the Eagles has run aground except their run defense. Philadelphia has the only defense in the NFL that has not allowed an individual 100-yard rusher yet.

29. Cleveland Browns - The 2-8 Browns led in the fourth quarter of each of their last two games against playoff contenders Baltimore and Dallas and wound up losing both times.

30. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers led the NFC in rushing in 2011. But Carolina is one of only four teams this season still without an individual 100-yard rusher.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs have committed a league-leading 31 turnovers. That's five more than they committed all last season and seven more than they committed in 2010 when KC won its last division title.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Chiefs and Jaguars are both sliding along with seven-game losing streaks. Jacksonville has won only three of its last 17 games. Now they turn to QB Chad Henne to shake those doldrums.



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