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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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Ravens will root hard for Redskins to beat Bengals

Ravens will root hard for Redskins to beat Bengals

The Ravens will be huge Redskins fans this weekend.

The Redskins can do the Ravens a favor by beating the Bengals on Sunday in London. The Bengals (3-4) are tied with the Ravens (3-4) for second place in the AFC North.

Both the Ravens and Steelers have byes this weekend. And despite a winless October, the Ravens are just one game behind the AFC North-leading Steelers (4-3). Not only that, the Ravens will lead the AFC North after Week 10 if:

1. The Redskins beat the Bengals on Sunday.

2. The Ravens beat the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 9.

3. The Ravens beat the winless Browns (0-7) at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 10.

With nobody running away with the AFC North, Ravens coach John Harbaugh can still take a glass half-full perspective, dealing with his first four-game losing streak as a head coach.

“What can we accomplish?” Harbaugh asked on Monday. “We can accomplish everything we want to accomplish. That’s the thing that’s exciting.”

And if they get some help from the Redskins on Sunday, the Ravens will gladly take it.

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Ravens' Lardarius Webb: 'Winning football' comes down to little things

Ravens' Lardarius Webb: 'Winning football' comes down to little things

Safety Lardarius Webb sat at his locker at MetLife Stadium on Sunday digesting the Ravens fourth straight loss and lamenting all the things the Ravens are not doing in order to, in the words of coach John Harbaugh, play "winning football."

"It's making the tackle," Webb said, "getting off the field on third down when you're supposed to. When you make a turnover, not turning it back over."

"It's a lot of little things. We can't do those things to give them the edge."

Webb is the fifth-longest tenured Raven and one of the veteran leaders of this team. And with hints of gray in his sideburns and his beard, and with a gimpy hamstring that knocked him out of the Jets game, Webb, 31, has shown his age at times this year.

In each of the last two losses, a speedy receiver turned a short catch into a long touchdown, with the receiver each time blowing by Webb -- the last line of defense at free safety -- and outrunning him to the end zone.

First it was Odell Beckham going 66 yards with the game-winning score for the Giants in the final two minutes. Then this past week, Quincy Enunwa turned a seemingly harmelss 10-yard pass into a 69-yard touchdown.

"We can't give them big plays," Webb said. "Can't miss tackles."

Through seven games, Webb has 19 tackles and one pass breakup.

Webb's transition from cornerback to safety was one of the major defensive storylines coming into the season,  and secondary coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged that it has been an uneven season for the veteran.

"He has had some good moments, and there are some moments where I’m sure he would be the first to tell you he would like to have another chance at," Frazier said after Tuesday's bye week practice. "But he has done a lot of good things. I think it was a good move for him.

"He has a lot of range and a lot of athletic ability as well. He is still learning as he is going through the process. ... I think overall, he has done a good job at the position. I think he will get better as the season goes on."

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