AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber

AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber

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

Week 15


1. New England Patriots - The bigger the stage, the better Tom Brady

plays. Another Monday night masterpiece, and the Patriots declare

themselves the best team in the game right now.

2. Denver Broncos - The MVP tour rolls on for Peyton Manning, who has

won eight straight, but only two against teams currently with winning

records. Huge test in Baltimore this week.

3. San Francisco 49ers - Two more sacks from Aldon Smith, who is in

the running for Defensive Player of the Year. And now for the two-week

stretch that could decide playoff positioning: at New England and at


4. Houston Texans - Matt Schaub overmatched against Tom Brady in a

statement game - a very bad statement game - for Houston. If there's a

rematch in January, Texans better hope it's in Houston.

5. Atlanta Falcons - Off day in Carolina or were the Falcons exposed?

They'll find out quickly when they host the defending Super Bowl

champs on Sunday.

6. New York Giants - Giants are at their best when their backs are

against the wall. Latest example was 52-27 thumping of New Orleans at

home. Rookie David Wilson was brilliant on kickoff returns and

injected himself into the running back rotation.

7. Indianapolis Colts - Another second-half comeback for Andrew Luck,

who already has six of them in his first 13 games. Ridiculous.

8. Green Bay Packers - Win and you're in: If Green Bay beats the

wounded Bears on the road on Sunday, they clinch the NFC North. Pack

gets in position to win the division with solid, if unspectacular

effort against Detroit.

9. Baltimore Ravens - Two losses, more problems on offense, and John

Harbaugh has had enough. Out with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron

and in with Jim Caldwell. Risky move, but worth it for Harbaugh. Tough

first task when Baltimore hosts Caldwell's old pal Peyton Manning.

10. Seattle Seahawks - It's like Pete Carroll is back at USC beating

up on Washington State. Seahawks absolutely pummel Cardinals 58-0,

only 11 points from equaling Carroll's most lopsided win in college.

11. Washington Redskins - Good news for RG3 that he didn't end his

season with that knee injury. But it's a sobering reminder that the

kid needs to stay in the pocket more for his own good.

12. Chicago Bears - Jay Cutler insists he'll be OK after a case of

whiplash against the Vikings. Bears trust he's right. Cutler's their

only hope.

13. Minnesota Vikings - Not sure we've seen anything like Adrian

Peterson before. Still not even a year since reconstructive surgery,

and he just might be a 2,000-yard rusher.

14. Dallas Cowboys - Dramatic and emotional comeback win in Cincinnati

for the Cowboys, who are still mourning the loss of practice squad

player Jerry Brown. Tony Romo's comeback may have saved the season.

15. Cincinnati Bengals - Bengals blow nine-point lead against Cowboys

and need to recover quickly. At Philly is no lock, and then it's at

Pittsburgh and home to Baltimore. Bengals on the bubble right now.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers - On the day Ben Roethlisberger came back, the

Steelers' defense left. Roethlisberger didn't help with an

interception and a botched screen pass.

17. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher probably won't win Coach of the Year

honors, but he has done a sensational job getting this Rams team

competitive this quickly. He has already tripled last year's win


18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Rough day for Josh Freeman and the Bucs'

defense. Freeman bad early and the defense bad late. Decisive blow for

Bucs' playoff chances.

19. New Orleans Saints - Looks like the Saints are done after getting

blown out against the Giants. Just a horrid stretch for Drew Brees,

who has only one touchdown and seven INTs in his last two games.

20. Detroit Lions - Losing streak to Packers now at 22, longest in the

NFL. That kind of year for a Lions team that looked so promising

coming in.

21. Miami Dolphins - Dolphins just not in 49ers' league. Home game

against Jacksonville on Sunday more their speed.

22. New York Jets - Could the Jets recover enough after Mark Sanchez's

infamous "butt fumble" to make the playoffs? Not out of the question

if the Jets win out.

23. San Diego Chargers - As the saying goes, the 15th time's the

charm. San Diego beats the Stillers in Pittsburgh for the first time

in 15 regular-season visits, this just days after a report that said

Norv Turner is out after the season.

24. Carolina Panthers - Stunning performance by Cam Newton against the

Falcons. Makes you wonder why this hasn't happened more often this


25. Buffalo Bills - OK, so Chan Gailey was technically wrong when he

said the Bills are out of the playoff picture. But if they do get

there, it would make the Frank Reich's comeback against the Oilers

look like child's play.

26. Cleveland Browns - Progress, yes. Enough to convince Jimmy Haslam

to stick with Pat Shurmur? Probably not.

27. Philadelphia Eagles - Nick Foles in a terrific comeback win over

the Buccaneers, winning at the buzzer and giving the Iggles some hope

for the future.

28. Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker outplays Andrew Luck early, but

falters in second half with that stunning interception from his own

1-yard line. Game over.

29. Arizona Cardinals - Cardinals have had some bad losses in their

mostly sorry history, but 58-0 in Seattle tops 'em all. Ken Whisenhunt

gets the rest of the year, but might get the gate at the end.

30. Kansas City Chiefs - Brady Quinn goes back to Cleveland, but shows

why the Browns gave up on him.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Chad Henne not doing much to convince the

Jags he'll be the guy next year.

32. Oakland Raiders - Raiders owe Carson Palmer $13 million next

season. Doubt he'll see that cash.






Warren Sapp does not want Ravens' Timmy Jernigan to wear his number


Warren Sapp does not want Ravens' Timmy Jernigan to wear his number

Ravens' second-year defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan decided to change jersey numbers this offseason, switching from No. 97 to No. 99.

The reason for the change?

First, Chris Canty, the former owner of No. 99 is no longer with the team. But Jernigan wants to wear No. 99 in honor of NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.

The only problem? Sapp wants nothing to do with it.

There may be a simple answer for this.

Jernigan played college football at Florida State. Sapp spent his time in college at Miami.

Perhaps Sapp just doesn't want anyone to try and replace him.

But covnentional wisdom suggests this has everything to do with the in-state rivalry between the two historic football programs.


Harbaugh takes full blame for Ravens punishment from NFL


Harbaugh takes full blame for Ravens punishment from NFL

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the blame rests solely with him for the Ravens losing a week of OTA’s, and being fined by the NFL for their rookie minicamp practice violation.

Paraphrasing what he told the team, Harbaugh said Thursday, “There’s not one person in this room that should worry about it for one second, because it’s on me. It’s completely on me. It’s my decision, it’s my effort. That’s the situation that we’re in. We’ll adjust. We’ll adapt. We’ll still become the best football team that we can be. We’ll figure out ways to get our work done. Maybe the rest will be good for us.”


Losing valuable practice time at this time of year surely bothers Harbaugh. But it was pretty clear that the Ravens would be punished once it was learned they put players in pads briefly during rookie camp, which violated the CBA.

Asked how the Ravens managed to violate the rules, Harbaugh said he misinterpreted them.

Said Harbaugh, “I read it the wrong way, and it’s on me.”

As a result, the Ravens will have catching up to do when they return to the practice field the second week of June.

Ray Rice speaks to Ravens' rookies and shares good, bad, and ugly


Ray Rice speaks to Ravens' rookies and shares good, bad, and ugly

OWINGS MILLS - Former Ravens running back Ray Rice was back at team headquarters Wednesday, speaking to the team’s rookies following their OTA practice.

Most, if not all of the Ravens’ rookies, had never met Rice, who was released in September of 2014 after a video surfaced of him striking his wife, who was then his fiancée. Rice has never gotten another chance in the NFL, despite being a star for years, and becoming one of the franchise’s most popular players. Not only did Rice help the Ravens win a Super Bowl, he was one of the team’s most active players in the community.

Rice’s story is another example of how quickly a person’s life can change after a major mistake.  The Ravens tweeted out several statements about Rice’s visit.


“Our 27 sessions to our rookies through our player engagement program review and teach life management and life lessons,” the tweets began. “Rice, who played for the Ravens from 2008-14, delivered an important message that included his story, both the good and the bad. He clearly had the attention of our rookies.”

Rice received $1.588 million settlement from the Ravens in March of 2015, which concluded his wrongful-termination grievance. Rice and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti built a close relationship, and Bisciotti has never ruled out Rice returning to the organization in a player development role at some point.