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AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:

Week 15

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. New England Patriots - No doubt they are the team to beat after dismantling Texans.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Sunday night game against Patriots could be Super Bowl preview.

3. New York Giants - David Wilson is the newest big-play weapon in a potent attack.

4. Seattle Seahawks - It's not just about Russell Wilson. This team is solid and physical.

5. Denver Broncos - Knowshon Moreno is running like he's back in college at Georgia.

6. Houston Texans - The Texans should be concerned about their leaky secondary.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Can't blame Cam Cameron anymore. It's time for Joe Flacco to deliver.

8. Atlanta Falcons - Has any 11-2 team every gotten as little respect? Don't think so.

9. Washington Redskins - Alfred Morris is the latest back to love a Mike Shanahan offense.

10. Cincinnati Bengals - Their season could come down to beating Steelers in season finale.

11. Green Bay Packers - Packers have shown renewed commitment to running game lately.

12. Chicago Bears - They're fading down the stretch for the second consecutive season.

13. Indianapolis Colts - For such a young team, they play with impressive poise.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers - Steelers have been inconsistent, but loss to Chargers was shocker.

15. Dallas Cowboys - Can't say the Cowboys have stopped competing for Jason Garrett.

16. Minnesota Vikings - Even when opponents load the box, Adrian Peterson excels.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Momentum has been lost, and playoffs now look unlikely for them.

18. Cleveland Browns - I'll say it again. Pat Shurmur is making a strong case to keep his job.

19. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher is showing why he was so coveted during offseason.

20. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton looks like he's starting to blossom. That's crucial for franchise.

21. San Diego Chargers - They remain a tease under Norv Turner. Good wins, baffling losses.

22. Miami Dolphins - They face key decisions on several players, including Reggie Bush.

23. Detroit Lions - This team has flat-out underachieved. Lack of discipline has hurt.

24. New Orleans Saints - We can stop waiting for the playoff run. It's not going to happen.

25. New York Jets - Doubt if they make the playoffs. Who will they beat if they get in?

26. Buffalo Bills - If players keep griping, you have to wonder if Chan Gailey will stick.

27. Philadelphia Eagles - Playing out the string, but Nick Foles is gaining experience.

28. Kansas City Chiefs - With Dwayne Bowe gone, the Chiefs' offense really can get worse.

29. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals' season has disintegrated into a debacle.

30. Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker has not made the kind of progress they had hoped.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Some teams should be glad the season is almost over. This is one.

32. Oakland Raiders - Chiefs vs. Raiders in Week 15 won't be NFL football at its finest.

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Ray Lewis launching bourbon brand for charity, gifting first bottles to Trump, Pence

Ray Lewis launching bourbon brand for charity, gifting first bottles to Trump, Pence

Ravens great Ray Lewis will soon have his own line of bourbons called Ray's Reserve, according to The Spirit Business. 

It won't be a profit-driven enterprise. Instead, only 100 bottles will be produced for charity.

The proceeds from their sale will go to the Time to Shine Scholaship & Internship Program for Women, which helps high-school aged women pursue educational and professional opportunities. 

However, Lewis intends to give the first two bottles away as gifts to incoming president Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence. 

“I have been thoroughly impressed with president-elect Trump and his desire to help inner city kids and provide better education opportunities for women,” Lewis said.

The bourbon will go on sale starting February 15. 

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Ravens name Joe D'Alessandris new offensive line coach

Ravens name Joe D'Alessandris new offensive line coach

Joe D’Alessandris has been named the Ravens’ new offensive line coach, the team announced Thursday. D’Allesandris was tabbed to replace Juan Castillo, who left the Ravens to become the Bills offensive line coach.

D’Alessandris has been an offensive line coach with the Chargers (2013-15), Bills (2010), and Chiefs (2008-09), and he has been a coach at the college or pro level since 1979.

“I feel very privileged and honored to come work with such a tremendous organization,” said D’Alessandris in a statement released by the team. “I very much look forward to the tremendous opportunity of working for (coach) John Harbaugh and (general manager) Ozzie Newsome on an incredible staff.”

Harbaugh said D’Alessandris had the credentials to improve the offensive line in all areas.

“We had a number of very good, qualified candidates for this position, and we have the right fit with Joe,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “He’s a hard-nosed, experienced coach, who is an excellent teacher. He’ll be able to work with our veterans to get the most out of them, and he’ll take our young linemen to higher levels.”

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