AP Pro32 ballot from Gosselin

AP Pro32 ballot from Gosselin
November 27, 2012, 4:46 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Rick Gosselin of Dallas Morning News:

Week 13

RICK GOSSELIN (Dallas Morning News)

1. Houston Texans - The Texans are the only team in the NFL unbeaten in conference play at 8-0.

2. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons have had to rally from fourth-quarter deficits to win their last two games. Atlanta now has four fourth-quarter comeback victories this season on the way to a 10-1 record.

3. San Francisco 49ers - Aldon Smith is on a pace to set the NFL record for sacks with 24. He has 16½ through 11 games. Michael Strahan holds the record with 22½.

4. Baltimore Ravens - The 9-2 Ravens have won four in a row since their bye and are starting to muscle up on defense. Baltimore has held three of its last four opponents to 15 points or less.

5. Denver Broncos - The Broncos have a league-best six-game winning streak and their defense has stockpiled 23 sacks during that stretch. That's more sacks than eight NFL teams have for the entire season.

6. New England Patriots - The Patriots are the only team in the NFL that has not allowed a return touchdown by opposing defenses or special teams.

7. Chicago Bears - Four of the top six defenses in the NFL lead division races: No. 2 San Francisco, No. 3 Chicago, No. 4 Denver and No. 6 Houston.

8. New York Giants - The Giants have had four different wide receivers with 100-yard games this season. Eli Manning has plenty of options.

9. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers has already thrown more interceptions this season (seven) than all of last year (six) when he won the NFL MVP award.

10. Indianapolis Colts - QB Andrew Luck isn't the only rookie excelling for the Colts. Third-rounder T.Y. Hilton leads all rookie receivers with three 100-yard games and also has returned a punt for a touchdown.

11. Cincinnati Bengals - Free-agent addition Benjarvus Green-Ellis has rushed for 100 yards in each of his last two games, a pair of Cincinnati victories.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Buccaneers are 6-5 and all five of their defeats have been by a touchdown or less. Tampa Bay lost by 1 to Atlanta, 2 to Washington, 6 to Dallas and 7 to both the Giants and Saints.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers - Losing Ben Roethlisberger to injury has been devastating for the Steelers. Backups Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch have combined for four interceptions and no touchdowns the last two weeks in a pair of losses.

14. Seattle Seahawks - Rookie QB Russell Wilson can't wait to get home. He has thrown all eight of his interceptions and suffered all five of his defeats on the road. Unfortunately, the Seahawks are back on the road Sunday at Chicago.

15. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson has rushed for 100 yards in five consecutive games but saw his four-game scoring streak come to an end last weekend against the Bears.

16. Washington Redskins - The Redskins have four different receivers who have caught TD passes of at least 65 yards: Pierre Garcon (88 yards), Santana Moss (77), Leonard Hankerson (68) and Aldrick Robinson (68).

17. New Orleans Saints - The Saints are on pace to allow a record 7,277 yards, almost 500 yards more than the current record. New Orleans ranks last in defense, last in run defense and 30th in pass defense.

18. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill will be the third rookie quarterback the Patriots have faced this season when New England visits the Dolphins Sunday. New England lost to Russell Wilson and beat Andrew Luck.

19. Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys spent $50 million on a free-agent cornerback and traded up into the top 10 to get the best corner in the 2012 draft. Yet the Cowboys have a league-low five interceptions.

20. St. Louis Rams - Since Oct. 1, the Rams have beaten one team - Arizona - and they've beaten that one team twice.

21. Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker makes his second career start Sunday against Houston. The last time he faced Houston on the final weekend of September, the Texans knocked him out of the game in the first quarter with a sack - and he missed the next five weeks.

22. Detroit Lions - Calvin Johnson is on fire for the Lions with four consecutive 100-yard games for a league-high seven on the season. Megatron also has scored a touchdown in his last three games.

23. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers have lost three in a row and six of their last seven for a slow but emphatic fade in the AFC West.

24. Buffalo Bills - In the four games since the bye, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has not thrown a touchdown pass longer than 3 yards.

25. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals have started three different quarterbacks this season. All have thrown for 300 yards in a game and all have thrown more than 50 passes in a game.

26. Cleveland Browns - Phil Dawson has been perfect for the Browns this season, converting all 21 of his field goal tries and all 20 of his conversions. He's hit all five of his field-goal tries from beyond 50 yards.

27. Carolina Panthers - Luke Kuechly is a tackling machine with four consecutive 100-plus tackle seasons - the first three at Boston College and this last one for the Panthers. Kuechly skipped his senior season to turn pro.

28. New York Jets - The last time both New York teams won on the same weekend was Oct. 14. The Jets have contributed four losses in their five games since then.

29. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles are engulfed in a seven-game losing streak - their longest such skid since the close of the 1998 season and start of the 1999 season.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars - Chad Henne has breathed some life into the Jaguars at quarterback, engineering their two highest-scoring games of the season in the last two weeks. Jacksonville scored 27 against Houston and 24 against Tennessee.

31. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders are on a pace to allow 518 points, second-most in NFL history. They allowed 55 to Baltimore, 42 to Tampa Bay and in the 30s to five other opponents.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - If GM Scott Pioli has been trying to build the Chiefs in the image of his former employer the Patriots, he's failing. The Chiefs have committed a league-high 32 turnovers - 24 more than the Pats.



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