AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez

AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com:

Week 10

ALEX MARVEZ (Foxsports.com)

1. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons are halfway to perfection following last Sunday night's gritty win over Dallas.

2. Chicago Bears - The Bears scored in almost every fashion imaginable during last Sunday's 51-20 rout of Tennessee.

3. Houston Texans - This Sunday night's game against the Bears could be a preview of Super Bowl XLVII.

4. San Francisco 49ers - Following a bye, the chance to post a 3-0 division record awaits Sunday against visiting St. Louis.

5. New England Patriots - The Patriots must hope the trade with Tampa Bay for cornerback Aqib Talib turns out better than 2011 deals for two other players with character concerns - Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth.

6. Green Bay Packers - Even without injured targets like Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers has a legitimate shot at 50 touchdown passes.

7. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes for a fifth consecutive game, but another statistical trio - three sacks by outside linebacker Von Miller - also helped spur Denver's 31-23 victory over Cincinnati.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers' trademark defense and wide receiver Mike Wallace's blazing speed were on display once again in a 24-20 road win against the New York Giants.

9. New York Giants - Since 2008, no defense had limited Eli Manning to 125 passing or less until last Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

10. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens still aren't a pretty team on the road, but Baltimore will take any win it can get, including last Sunday's 25-15 triumph at Cleveland.

11. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck is quickly approaching the bar for rookie quarterbacks set by Carolina's Cam Newton in 2011.

12. Seattle Seahawks - As evidenced by last Sunday's 30-20 home win over Minnesota, Pete Carroll's decision to stick with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson through some rough times is starting to pay dividends.

13. San Diego Chargers - For at least one weekend, #FireNorv wasn't trending on Twitter. That marks progress following last Thursday's 31-13 win over Kansas City.

14. Detroit Lions - The Lions finally played a complete game in last Sunday's 31-14 shellacking of Jacksonville.

15. Miami Dolphins - Andrew Luck 1, Ryan Tannehill 0. Miami's defense was skewered for a rookie passing-record 433 yards in last Sunday's 23-20 loss.

16. Minnesota Vikings - As I wrote last week, the Vikings face two challenges in the second half of the season: Getting second-year quarterback Christian Ponder back on track and compensating for the loss of cornerback Chris Cook (wrist). They failed in both regards during last Sunday's loss to Seattle.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Running back Doug Martin (251 yards, four touchdowns) and outside linebacker Lavonte David (14 tackles) shined as members of Tampa Bay's rookie class in last Sunday's 42-32 win over Oakland.

18. New Orleans Saints - The Saints should lobby to play every Monday night. A 28-13 win over Philadelphia marked the franchise's eighth consecutive MNF victory.

19. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals enter Sunday's home game against the New York Giants seeking to stop a four-game losing streak. The best way to start: Andy Dalton must end his eight-game streak of throwing at least one interception.

20. Philadelphia Eagles - Wither Andy Reid. Three more defeats and the Eagles will be assured the eight-loss season that team owner Jeff Lurie said would be "unacceptable" during the preseason.

21. Dallas Cowboys - Jerry Jones got locked out of the locker room following last Sunday's loss to Atlanta. The next step: Dallas being locked out of the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

22. Washington Redskins - Whether head coach Mike Shanahan meant it or not with comments made in his pregame news conference, the Redskins are cooked for 2012 after three straight losses.

23. Oakland Raiders - The run defense isn't fixed quite yet. Oakland allowed Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin to become the first player in NFL history with three touchdown carries of 40-plus yards in the same game during last Sunday's loss.

24. Arizona Cardinals - Quarterback John Skelton actually remained upright long enough to post a 300-yard passing game, but the defense let the Cardinals down by allowing four Aaron Rodgers touchdown throws in last Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

25. New York Jets - It doesn't get any easier for the slumping Jets coming out of the bye starting with Sunday's game at Seattle.

26. Carolina Panthers - The Redskins' homecoming weekend theme struck a chord of disrespect with Carolina, which finally produced a solid offensive performance in last Sunday's 21-13 road victory.

27. St. Louis Rams - If the Rams are going to make a playoff run, the time is now. Three of the next four games are against NFC West foes starting Sunday with the first of two matchups against NFC West-leading San Francisco.

28. Tennessee Titans - The Titans should be working on ball drills all week after Chicago cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman forced four fumbles in last Sunday's embarrassing 51-20 rout.

29. Cleveland Browns - Losses marred by mistakes and questionable coaching decisions aren't helping Pat Shurmur's plight to keep his job under new owner Jimmy Haslam.

30. Buffalo Bills - Slightly better defense, same result - a 21-9 loss to Houston.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Any Florida team dumb enough to wear black jerseys at home on warm Sunday afternoons deserves to lose by a wide margin like Jacksonville has in all four of its contests at EverBank Field.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Head coach Romeo Crennel fired himself as defensive coordinator on Monday. Crennel's outright firing will be next barring a drastic turnaround in the second half of the season.

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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.