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AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber

AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:

Week 11

BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)

1. Houston Texans - A statement game for the Texans, who slogged

through the rain and muck at Soldier Field to outlast the Bears. Some

well-earned fist pumping from Texans defensive coordinator Wade

Phillips, whose unit one-upped the host team's D.

2. Atlanta Falcons - Memo to Roddy White: next time you want to talk

about 16-0, wait until AFTER you play the Saints.

3. Green Bay Packers - Pack hopes week off doesn't interrupt hot

streak. They won five of six before the bye, now head to Detroit.

Lions have beaten Packers only once in last 13.

4. Chicago Bears - The bad news: The Bears lost at home to Houston.

The worse news: another concussion for Jay Cutler. Can't win without

this guy.

5. San Francisco 49ers - Terrific comeback by backup Colin Kaepernick

as Niners tie it with 17 fourth-quarter points. But kicker David Akers

can't seal the deal in OT, and Niners settle for the tie. Could prove

huge if Seahawks stay in the NFC West race to the end.

6. Baltimore Ravens - Ravens set franchise record for most points in a

game, pummeling the reeling Raiders and prepping for this week's

divisional showdown against the Steelers. Ravens 7-2 for first time in

the John Harbaugh era.

7. Denver Broncos - The Peyton Manning MVP tour continues. Not a bad

return for John Fox, either, as the former Panthers coach shows up his

old team in 36-14 win.

8. New England Patriots - Pats continue dominance of Bills, but not

before sweating out a shootout win at home. Pass defense continues to

be an issue for Bill Belichick's group, though. Needed a game-saving

end zone interception from Devin McCourty to win it.

9. New York Giants - Another year, another second-half swoon for the

Giants. This time, Eli Manning's the biggest issue; no TD passes in

his last three games. That hasn't happened since his rookie season.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers - Steelers barely hold off 1-8 Chiefs at home,

but not before losing Ben Roethlisberger to a shoulder injury. The

timing couldn't be worse: Steelers face Ravens twice in next three

weeks.

11. Seattle Seahawks - Another fine showing for rookie Russell Wilson,

who schools Mark Sanchez in a convincing Seahawks win to keep

divisional race tight.

12. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck takes the baton from Peyton

Manning in the Colts-Patriots rivalry, which resumes on Sunday at

Gillette. Win or lose, Colts very much in the playoff hunt.

13. New Orleans Saints - Remember that four-game losing streak to

start the season? It's a distant memory for the Saints, winners of

four of their last five, including Sunday's rousing effort against

previously unbeaten Atlanta.

14. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson's a medical marvel. Less than

a year after ACL surgery, he leads the NFL in rushing. Last four

games: a combined 629 yards and five TDs.

15. Dallas Cowboys - A season-saving win at Philly? Could be. With

Giants slumping and a soft schedule for Dallas, the Cowboys might be

back in the mix.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Greg Schiano said he wants to be known as

more than just the guy who goes after teams in late-game knee-down

situations. Another in a series of impressive wins is getting the job

done.

17. Cincinnati Bengals - One of the most complete games Bengals have

played in years, as they pummel the defending Super Bowl champs at

home behind Andy Dalton's career-high four INTs and a defense that

pummels Eli Manning.

18. Detroit Lions - One step forward last year, one step back this

year. There's always a team to fit that description. Looks like it's

the 2012 Lions. Defense doesn't show up against Vikings, and another

divisional loss to the Packers on Sunday puts their playoff hopes in

further peril.

19. Tennessee Titans - Bud Adams ought to rip his team more often. A

week after saying he'd never seen a home game as bad as the 51-20 loss

to the Bears, the Titans go out and thump the Dolphins on the road to

keep their playoff hopes alive.

20. San Diego Chargers - Still trying to figure out why Philip Rivers

would throw that pass. You know, the one that was intercepted,

returned for a touchdown, and threw more misery onto a season gone

bad.

21. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill looks like a rookie with three

picks at home against Tennessee.

22. Washington Redskins - Mike Shanahan insists he hasn't given up on

the season. Let's see if his players prove him right in a largely

meaningless game against Philly.

23. Arizona Cardinals - Why you can never look at a 4-0 start the same

way: Cardinals were that good a month into the season. They haven't

won since. Now it's off to face an angry Falcons team coming off their

first loss. Ouch.

24. St. Louis Rams - Rams nearly pull off huge upset, and Greg "The

Leg" Zeurlein's 53-yard field goal in OT appeared to win it. Nope.

Penalty. 58-yarder no good. Settle for the tie. Still an impressive

effort for an improving team.

25. Buffalo Bills - Feisty effort from Ryan Fitzpatrick, who nearly

pulls off dramatic comeback in New England, but throws it to the wrong

team at the end. Bills now 0-11 at Gillette.

26. Philadelphia Eagles - Wonder if we ever see Michael Vick play

again for the Eagles. Concussion against the Cowboys could be the

start of the Nick Foles era.

27. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez had hoped to show off for his old

college coach. Instead, Pete Carroll got to see just how miserable the

Jets' quarterback has turned out to be this season.

28. Carolina Panthers - Special teams coach Brian Murphy gets the gate

after a blowout loss to Denver. Won't be last coaching change for

Panthers. Could be a clean sweep at season's end.

29. Oakland Raiders - Raiders' awful defense at it again. They've

given up a combined 97 points the last two games. Don't imagine things

will get much better against the resurgent Saints.

30. Cleveland Browns - Rumors of Mike Holmgren to the Cowboys swirling

this week in advance of Browns-Dallas matchup in Big D. Holmgren says

nothing's up.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - Finally, the Chiefs played 60 minutes without

surrendering a turnover. Too bad they had to play overtime; Matt

Cassel's interception cost the Chiefs a chance at the biggest upset of

the week.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - Stat that will most likely get Mike

Mularkey tossed after the season: the Jags have been outscored 153-44

in five home losses.

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Report: Boldin to sign with Lions

Report: Boldin to sign with Lions

Former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin is back for a 14th season.

Boldin, who turns 36 in October, will sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. In Detroit, Boldin will be reunited with Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who became the Ravens offensive coordinator during their run to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season.

The Lions had a major void at wide receiver with All-Pro Calvin Johnson's retirement.

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A former second-round draft pick, Boldin spent seven seasons with the Cardinals before the Ravens traded for him in 2010. In three seasons with the Ravens, Boldin averaged 62 catches and 882 yards. He came up huge in the 2012 playoff run, with a team-best 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl win over the 49ers.

After that Super Bowl run, though, Boldin was traded to the 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin led the 49ers in catches and receiving yards in each of the past three years. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the 49ers in 2013 and 2014, leading many to question the Ravens decision to trade him. Last season, Boldin led the 49ers with 69 catches for 789 yards.

Boldin enters this season ranked 17th in NFL history with 13,195 receiving yards. One of the few players ahead of him is current Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr., who ranks 11th (13,392). Boldin last season became the 13th player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions and now has 1,009. Smith, incidentally, needs 39 catches this season join Boldin in the 1,000-catch club.

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Ravens agree to one-year deal with former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long

Ravens agree to one-year deal with former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long

The Ravens are expected to sign veteran offensive lineman Jake Long after he flies into Baltimore on Tuesday night, CSN has confirmed. The impending Long-Ravens deal was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, who reported that Long and the Ravens had agreed to a one-year deal. That contract is expected to be signed if there were no last-minute concerns once Long arrived in town.

Long is a former Pro Bowl left tackle with the Dolphins who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. He spent five seasons with the Dolphins, before joining the Rams for two seasons, then playing four games with the Falcons last season. Long is still only 31 years old, but he has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons, including two torn ACL’s.

The Ravens view Long as insurance at left tackle to as a backup to first-round pick Ronnie Stanley. While the Ravens believe Stanley can handle the starting job, the Ravens were left thin at the position after releasing veteran Eugene Monroe, who has since retired. James Hurst has been the Ravens’ backup left tackle, but in Long, the Ravens would have a more experienced option should Stanley struggle or suffer an injury.

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For three Ravens WR's on bubble, returning punts could be key

For three Ravens WR's on bubble, returning punts could be key

The Ravens don’t know who their primary punt returner will be, but they have plenty of options heading into training camp.

Keenan Reynolds, Michael Campanaro, and Kaelin Clay should all get reps returning punts. All three of those wide receivers are on the roster bubble, making their contributions on special teams even more important.

Campanaro has shown he can contribute as a wide receiver when he’s healthy.  However, avoiding injuries has been a major issue for Campanaro during his first two seasons.

The Ravens would prefer their punt returner to help the 53-man roster in another capacity, which may give Campanaro an edge. But if Campanaro, Reynolds, and Clay are not among the top six wide receivers when final cuts have to be made, will the Ravens decide to keep any of them strictly for their ability to return punts?

Reynolds will be a popular storyline during camp, as he tries to make the transition from Navy quarterback to NFL wide receiver. If Reynolds shows promise as a receiver, it will increase his chances of making the team, because his speed and ability to change direction will likely translate well to returning punts. Meanwhile, Clay had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Browns last season, so he has already shown explosiveness as a returner.

Figuring out their best option for returning punts is one of many things on the Ravens’ to-do list, with the first full-squad practice scheduled for Thursday.