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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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On Friday morning, the league announced the official date of the Ravens-Jaguars game in London.

The Ravens get a Week 3 matchup at Wembley Stadium against the Jaguars.

The Ravens could have had a Week 3 or 4 date against the Jaguars, but the time of the kickoff remains a mystery until a later date.

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Ravens' Zach Orr forced to retire due to rare spinal condition

Ravens' Zach Orr forced to retire due to rare spinal condition

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr had no choice but to retire, after a physical examination detected a spinal condition that made it extremely dangerous for him to continue his career.

“I have a condition that I was born with,” Orr said Friday, making his formal retirement announcement during a press conference. “I’m forced to walk away from the game of football.”

Orr said a CAT scan revealed a rare congenital abnormality, and that the top of his spinal column had never fully developed. Orr was never aware of his issue until he suffered a shoulder injury against the Steelers on Christmas that led to further testing.

While Orr never imagined he would retire at age 24, he felt blessed to be leaving the game before his condition led to a catastrophic injury. Orr has been playing football with his spinal condition since he was nine years old, and said doctors could not explain how he had played so long without his issue being detected.

“When I first found out the news, it was shocking,” Orr said. “Football is something I’ve done my whole life.”

Orr said retirement was his only option, because he would never pass an NFL physical. He also said that reports the Ravens tried to talk him out of retirement were inaccurate.

“They’ve supported me through this,” said Orr, who added that one of his high school teammates was paralyzed playing football.

Orr kept his composure during the press conference, but admitted he took the news hard at first. One of those emotional moments came after a telephone conversation with recently retired wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.

“I broke down a couple of times, as recent as a couple of days ago,” Orr said.

Three of Orr’s teammates attended Friday’s press conference – linebackers C. J. Mosley and Albert McClellan, and safety Eric Weddle. General manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh, defensive coordinator Dean Pees, and linebackers coach Don Martindale were also in attendance. Orr is one of the most popular and respected players in the locker room. An undrafted free agent in 2014, Orr made the team as a special teams standout and earned a starting job for the first time this season. He led the Ravens in tackles (130), finishing 10th in the NFL in that department.

Orr had a bright future as a player. Now, that future will head in another direction.

“Instead of asking – ‘Why me?, ask ‘What’s next?’” Orr said.

“I’m very proud that he’s been a Raven,” said Harbaugh. “I can’t wait to see what the next door holds.”

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