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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 11

JOHN LYNCH (Fox Sports)

1. Houston Texans - Impressive win for the Texans in an old school, bad weather, tough, brawl vs. the Bears in Chicago. They have earned and belong in the top spot.

2. Atlanta Falcons - A loss vs. New Orleans possibly the best thing that could have happened to the Falcons. A very good team that needs to improve its run offense and tackling on defense to do something they have been unable to do of late. Win in the postseason.

3. Chicago Bears - The Bears defense played as great as they have all year vs. the Texans. They didn't score on defense, and the offense without a concussed Jay Cutler couldn't either.

4. Green Bay Packers - The Pack and their QB Aaron Rogers are 6-3 and starting to play real good football. A bye should have star players Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings closer to a healthy return.

5. Denver Broncos - The Broncos are getting better as a team every week. All phases are pitching in. The defense held Cam Newton and the Panthers to 0 for 12 on third down, special teams have TD returns past two weeks, and Peyton and his offense continue to get better.

6. San Francisco 49ers - A tie? Yes a tie. Alex Smith a little more valuable than the critics think?

7. New England Patriots - They held on vs. the Bills but this defense needs to tighten up to win another Lombardi.

8. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens put a beatdown on the Raiders. They scored 55, albeit against the Raiders, who have given up 97 points in the last two games.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers - It certainly wasn't pretty beating the Chiefs in OT. What might be even more ugly is the thought of playing without QB Ben Roethlisberger, who was injured and may miss some time.

10. Seattle Seahawks - Seattle is a good football team. The defense is suffocating. Rookie QB Russell Wilson is as good as there is at home and about as bad as there is on the road. He needs to play like he's at home all the time for them to win consistently.

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

12. 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. I'm starting to get concerned, though. Can they pull it together?

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs continue to score points in bunches. They lost another starter in LB Quincy Black this week. They have embodied the "next man up" mindset better than anyone, but at what point does the reliance on depth - on a team where depth was an issue to start - catch up to them?

14. Dallas Cowboys - A huge win over the Eagles. I said last week that this is a team capable of making a run. With Cleveland and Washington in the near future, it looks like a distinct possibility.

15. Minnesota Vikings - Was it a blessing in disguise that the NFL's leading WR going into last weekend Percy Harvin was out? I think so. It allowed QB Christian Ponder to "run an offense" and go through progressions as opposed to feeling compelled to feed Harvin. Against Detroit, Ponder threw to nine different receivers (10 counting himself) and looked good doing so. Now they will welcome Harvin back after the bye.

16. New Orleans Saints - The offense remains explosive and is improved as they are utilizing their RB's more often and effectively. The defense is improving ... baby steps on defense.

17. Miami Dolphins - Oops. Back to reality for QB Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. Four turnovers will do that to you.

18. Detroit Lions - A talented football team that is struggling to win consistently. They have underachieved and need to turn it on now to play in the second season. They are capable, but face a tough schedule moving forward.

19. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals unleashed some frustration on the defending champion Giants and were impressive in doing so!

20. San Diego Chargers - Having played against him a lot, I have a great deal of respect for Philip Rivers. However, the harsh reality is he used to be a closer, now he wilts in the fourth quarter.

21. Philadelphia Eagles - The Nick Foles era begins in Philly.

22. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals had a bye and better have figured some things out.

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

24. Buffalo Bills - The Bills are battling tough the last couple of weeks in defeats to the Texans and Pats. Tough competition.

25. St. Louis Rams - The Rams had an opportunity to beat the 49er's as Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal ... but wait, delay of game and then even "Greg the Leg" couldn't make a 58 yarder. So it's a tie.

26. Tennessee Titans - After being humiliated by the Bears, owner Bud Adams says everyone's job is on the line. Maybe Bud ought to say this every week as they pounded the Dolphins 37-3.

27. New York Jets - Seattle routed the Jets 28-7. It wasn't that close.

28. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers "out Foxed" soundly in their old coaches return.

29. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders have given up 97 points in the last two games. Enough said!

30. Cleveland Browns - Changes are likely to come in Cleveland.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags were outclassed by the surging Colts.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Gutty effort giving the Steelers everything they could handle.

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Keenan Questions?: 5 observations from Day 3 of Ravens training camp

Keenan Questions?: 5 observations from Day 3 of Ravens training camp

OWINGS MILLS – Five observations from Day 3 of Ravens training camp on Saturday, the first practice with players wearing pads:

1. Running back Terrance West looks slimmer, quicker, and impressive both running and pass catching.

West had another strong day of practice, and got plenty of reps with both Kenneth Dixon (knee) and Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) still out. Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, and Dixon are considered locks to make the 53-man roster. But West, a former Towson star and Baltimore product, could finally be realizing his potential after disappointing stops with the Browns and Titans. West could force the Ravens to keep four running backs, in addition to fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

2. Keenan Reynolds needs to step up his performance at wide receiver.

A host of wide receivers are performing better than Reynolds, who is trying to transition from Navy quarterback to NFL wide receiver. Reynolds had a couple of drops the first three days of practice, and has been unable to get open consistently. Meanwhile, wide receiver Chris Matthews had another strong day, as did Michael Campanaro. Reynolds can help the Ravens as a returner, but they have other players who can fill that role. For Reynolds to secure a roster spot, he needs to show he can help the Ravens as a receiver. Otherwise, the Ravens will face a difficult decision regarding Reynolds, a local fan favorite.

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3. The way Kamalei Correa and Zach Orr are performing, the Ravens may not need to sign a veteran inside linebacker.

Correa had a sparkling one-handed interception Saturday, showing his hands and athleticism. Orr has been reading plays quickly and keeping himself around the football. Even if Correa wins the job at inside linebacker next to C. J. Mosley, there could be reps for Orr as well, giving the Ravens a promising young combo.

4. Saturday was not a crisp day for the offense.

The defense was the better unit, as the offense looked sloppy at times. There were a couple of bad snaps out of the shotgun from center Jeremy Zuttah, and a few false starts from the offensive line. There is plenty of time for cleanup before Week 1, but it’s not what the coaches want to see.

5. QB Joe Flacco and TE Dennis Pitta continued to look good.

Saturday made three straight days of practice for Flacco with no noticeable limping or discomfort. Flacco may be wearing a red jersey, but there have been no red flags regarding his surgically-repaired knee. Meanwhile, Pitta took a solid hit from Orr while attempting to make a catch, but Pitta jumped right to his feet. This was another good day for Pitta in his comeback from his second major hip injury.

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DT Jernigan leaves practice early, WR Moore does not practice

DT Jernigan leaves practice early, WR Moore does not practice

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan left Saturday’s practice early, while rookie wide receiver Chris Moore did not practice.  Coach John Harbaugh did not meet with the media after practice, and no reason was immediately given for either absence. ESPN reported that Jernigan suffered a minor rib area strain that was not considered serious.

Cornerback Jerraud Powers took the field for this first training camp practice, after finally passing the conditioning test. Powers was the lone player remaining who had not passed the test.

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In addition to the five players on the PUP list, tight end Crockett Gillmore (hamstring) and running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) did not practice.

In a roster move, the Ravens signed punter Michael Palardy to fill their open roster spot. Sam Koch, a Pro Bowl selection in 2015, is firmly entrenched as the Ravens’ punter. However, Palardy can take practice reps while the Ravens work their punt returners, reducing some of the strain on Koch’s leg.

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Why Yanda knows offensive success hinges on ability to protect Flacco

Why Yanda knows offensive success hinges on ability to protect Flacco

OWINGS MILLS - One of Marshal Yanda’s top priorities is to make sure the offensive line does its best to keep Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco healthy, unlike 2015, when Flacco suffered a season-ending knee injury. Having made five straight Pro Bowls as a right guard, Yanda is beginning his 10th NFL season, and his ninth season with Flacco as his quarterback. Yanda knows that much of the Ravens’ offensive success depends on Flacco staying healthy.

“We haven’t really talked about it specifically,” Yanda said. “But obviously, you know as an offensive line, we talk about it, and you coach it. You’re going to keep your guys as far away from the quarterback as possible. Obviously, there is probably more emphasis this year with the knee.”

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When Flacco sees game action for the first time this season, Yanda doesn’t expect his quarterback to play tentatively due to his knee.

“He’s going to have to make his read,” Yanda said. “We have certain plays where he is going to be on the move, no matter what. We know about it: it is conscious in my mind; it is conscious in the offensive line’s mind and his mind, too. I feel like he just has to play through that. I had a knee (injury) once before, and he just has to get reps and get comfortable with the way it is feeling now. It will always feel a little different. That is just normal. It will continue to get normal as he keeps playing.”