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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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AFC North: Steelers' Antonio Brown posts, deletes video of Mike Tomlin insulting Patriots

AFC North: Steelers' Antonio Brown posts, deletes video of Mike Tomlin insulting Patriots

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has created a new firestorm heading into the Patriots-Steelers AFC championship game, by posting a Facebook Live video from the locker room in which coach Mike Tomlin referred to the Patriots as “a--h----s”.

Tomlin was giving his postgame address to the team after the Steelers’ 18-16 playoff victory over the Chiefs.

While Tomlin was speaking, Brown was streaming the locker room scene on Facebook, unbeknownst to Tomlin.

The coach talked about the Patriots having a head start in preparation, because they won their divisional game Saturday night, while the Steelers-Chiefs game did not end until late Sunday night in Kansas City.

“When you get to this point in the journey, man, not a lot needs to be said,” Tomlin said in the video, which Brown has since deleted from social media.

“Let’s say very little moving forward. Let’s start our preparations. We just spotted these a--h---s a day and a half. They played yesterday. Our game got moved to tonight. We’re going to touch down at 4 o’clock in the f---king morning. So be it. We’ll be ready for their a--. But you ain’t got to tell them we’re coming.

“Keep a low profile, and let’s get ready to ball like this up again here in a few days and be right back at it. That’s our story.”

Well, it’s a little late for the Steelers to keep a low profile now, after Brown’s video went viral.

This is why most coaches don’t like cameras in the locker room immediately after games. The statements are candid. The concept of what is said in the locker room, staying in the locker room, is lost.

Now Tomlin, Brown, and the Steelers will have to deal with the fallout. But it will only raise the AFC showdown, with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake.

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Former Ravens great Lewis tweets at Brady to stop complaining

Former Ravens great Lewis tweets at Brady to stop complaining

Even though Ray Lewis is retired, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still gets under Lewis’ skin.

The former all-time great Ravens linebacker went to Twitter to voice his displeasure during Saturday’s AFC playoff game, after Brady complained about a hit he took from Jadeveon Clowney of the Texans. Brady thought the hit was late and wanted a penalty called on Clowney. Brady screamed at referee Pete Morelli, asking for a flag that wasn’t thrown.

Lewis thought Brady was out of line.

“It’s Called Football Brady,” Lewis wrote on Twitter.

Brady has never been a popular guy in the Ravens’ locker room - understandable considering the past battles the two teams have had. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs refuses to mention Brady by name, preferring to go with cryptic references like, “That quarterback up North”, or “You know who I’m talking about.”

Not that Brady is losing any sleep over what Lewis and Suggs think. Brady is going to another AFC Championship game, while the Ravens can only watch. That’s just more reason for Lewis to find Brady particularly irritating at this time of year.