AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter John Lynch of Fox Sports:

Week 10

JOHN LYNCH (Fox Sports)

1. Atlanta Falcons - 8-0 now. The Falcons were tested by the Cowboys, but showed that they have multiple weapons. Coupled with a red-hot QB, they are going to be tough to stop.

2. Houston Texans - Coach Kubiak wants faster starts. They will need it in their Sunday night showdown with Da Bears.

3. Chicago Bears - The Bears looked very complete in hammering the Titans. Exciting brawl upcoming with the Texans Sunday night.

4. San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers rested with a bye week but have looked dominant of late. A tough, physical, talented and well coached football team.

5. Green Bay Packers - The Pack are banged up and get a bye week to heel up. They will need it with stars like Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings ailing.

6. New England Patriots - The Pats were dominant in London and get a week off to enjoy it.

7. Denver Broncos - The Broncos are getting better as a team every week. The same can be said for their QB and that has their opponents nervous.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers are playing real good ball. It's more impressive as they have been banged up. Polamalu is on the mend.

9. New York Giants - My preseason No. 1's inconsistent play of late has them dropping. I still believe this is a team that will challenge for the Lombardi this season.

10. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens defeated the improved Browns but don't look as powerful as they did earlier this season.

11. Seattle Seahawks - Seattle continued its up and down season with a hard fought win over the Adrian Peterson led Vikings.

12. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts are having a magical season, inspired by the fight of their head coach Chuck Pagano and a rookie QB who looks nothing like a rookie.

13. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins fell short vs. the Colts but are an impressive team.

14. Detroit Lions - An interesting team to watch. We all know they have the talent. Can they play disciplined football? If so, they can be dangerous.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Greg Schiano can lead and Greg Schiano can coach. An offense led by RB Doug Martin and Josh Freeman has been the most explosive in the NFL over the last four games. They have lost some of their better players to injuries, but remain undaunted.

16. Dallas Cowboys - A tough draw for the Cowboys the last two weeks with the Giants and the Falcons. This is a team capable of making a run, but it has to start now.

17. Minnesota Vikings - A valiant effort from Adrian Peterson was wasted in Seattle as they can't throw the football right now. A defense that started the season playing great has forgotten how to tackle.

18. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers represent the week to week nature of the NFL as last week everyone had Norv Turner done and now they are on the Bronco's heels in the AFC West.

19. New Orleans Saints - They looked better on defense Monday night, not to be confused with good. We all know what this offense can do.

20. Philadelphia Eagles - Problems persist in Philly. They were moving the ball great in New Orleans, but turned it over and couldn't punch it in and the defense has lost its mojo.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals slide continues, but they gave the surging Broncos a test on Sunday and looked better doing it.

22. Arizona Cardinals - The defense showed their mettle and made it tough on Aaron Rogers and the Pack, but they don't have enough in the tank right now to beat teams like the Packers.

23. Washington Redskins - The Redskins are reeling as their defense doesn't have the horses and RG3 is showing he is human.

24. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders are one of the least penalized teams in the NFL, but not so fast. The Bucs made the Raiders revert to their old ways - undisciplined. They couldn't stop the run and too many turnovers. The Raiders hope it was simply a blip on the radar.

25. New York Jets - The bye week can't fix the problems that are ailing the Jets. A very inconsistent FB team.

26. St. Louis Rams - The Rams were "bloody" whipped by Sir Tom and the Pats across the pond. They rested in their bye week and here come the 49ers.

27. Buffalo Bills - The Bills battled tough vs. the Texans, but not tough enough.

28. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers responded vs. the Redskins and looked good in doing so. Now John Fox returns to Charlotte - with Peyton Manning in tow - to face his old team.

29. Tennessee Titans - After being humiliated by the Bears, owner Bud Adams says everyone's job is on the line.

30. Cleveland Browns - They are improving!

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags disappointed after looking good vs. the Packers the week prior.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - A week later, the Chiefs are still not good!

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NFL announces locations for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls

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NFL announces locations for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls

The NFL has decided on the locations of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls. The vote took place at the NFL owners meetings in Charlotte on Tuesday. 

Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII in 2019, while South Florida (Miami) will get the event in 2020 and Los Angeles will host in 2021. 

The cities chosen each included new or upgraded stadiums in their pitches to the league. 

Atlanta will be home to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opening in 2017. 

Miami's stadium (Sun Life Stadium from 2010-2016) is undergoing a $400 million renovation that will include an open-air canopy to provide shade for 92 percent of seats, according to Sports Illustrated. Construction should be complete before the 2017 season. 

And Los Angeles will boast a new 300-acre, campus-style stadium housing the Rams and potentially a second team. The $2.6 billion project will be the most expensive sports arena in the world, reports CNN, and should be ready before the 2019 NFL season. 

AFC North: Bengals' Eifert expected to miss three months due to surgery

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AFC North: Bengals' Eifert expected to miss three months due to surgery

Bengals Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert will undergo ankle surgery, according to multiple reports.

Estimates varied on when Eifert would return, but he was not expected to be back on the field until at least mid-August.

Eifert suffered his injury at the Pro Bowl, which he left wearing a walking boot.

His ankle has not responded to treatment as well as Eifert hoped, and he could not join his teammates for OTA’s this week.

A first-round pick in 2013 (21st overall), Eifert led all NFL tight ends with 13 touchdown catches last season, and had 52 catches overall for 615 yards. Still only 25 years old, Eifert has emerged as a major weapon for the Bengals, and they have already picked up his fifth-year option.

The priority for the Bengals is to have Eifert ready for Week 1 when they visit the Jets. Ryan Hewitt, Tyler Kroft, and C. J. Uzomah will see plenty of reps at tight end until Eifert returns.

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NFL owners vote for modest changes to replay, shun overhaul

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NFL owners vote for modest changes to replay, shun overhaul

The NFL made modest changes to replay rules Tuesday, but did not institute major changes that some teams, including the Ravens, had proposed in recent months.

Owners voted for changes that slightly increased situations where plays can be reviewed, and when officials can turn to the league office for help during games.

Situations subject to replay review, which were not before, include:

- Penalty enforcement

- Proper down

- Spot of a foul

- Status of game clock

Plays not reviewable in the past, that can now be reviewed, include:

- Where a ball in the air crosses the sideline.

- Whether a player was blocked into a loose ball.

- Advancement by a player after either a valid, or invalid, fair catch signal.

- Whether player impetus forced a ball to travel into the end zone.

The Ravens made a proposal in March that would have made all plays reviewable except for offensive and defensive holding, offensive and defensive pass interference, illegal contact, illegal use of hands, and whether a quarterback, receiver, or kicker had been hit illegally. The Patriots had previously proposed that all plays be made reviewable, but that has also been resisted by the owners and the competition committee.

Each team will still be given two replay challenges per game, and will be awarded a third challenge only if the first two are successful.