AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez

AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez
October 23, 2012, 4:26 pm
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com:

Week 8

ALEX MARVEZ (Foxsports.com)

1. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons hope the imminent return of defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot) can help short one of their few weaknesses so far this season - the run defense.

2. New York Giants - With a 77-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to Victor Cruz against Washington, Eli Manning's 22nd fourth-quarter comeback was among his most spectacular.

3. Chicago Bears - Start reserving space for plenty of Bears defenders like cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman and linebacker Lance Briggs at the Pro Bowl.

4. Houston Texans - The Texans proved a prior loss to Green Bay was an aberration with a monster home victory over another 5-1 team (Baltimore).

5. San Francisco 49ers - Frank Gore and the offensive line put on a clinic about how to run between the tackles in a gritty victory over Seattle.

6. New England Patriots - The Patriots already have played in four games decided by three points or less. That's one more than all of last season, including the playoffs.

7. Green Bay Packers - Losing defensive leader Charles Woodson (collarbone) for a projected six weeks is a big blow to a team already struggling with injury issues.

8. Minnesota Vikings - Did running back Adrian Peterson really suffer a major knee injury last December? It was impossible to tell last Sunday as he plowed for 153 yards against Arizona.

9. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning vs. Drew Brees - i.e. Denver hosting New Orleans - should be a treat on Sunday night football.

10. Seattle Seahawks - If you thought 49ers-Seahawks was a chippy game, wait until the Week 16 rematch in Seattle.

11. Baltimore Ravens - A battered defense and problems playing on the road - especially for quarterback Joe Flacco - may become too much for the Ravens to overcome.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers showed more heart than the Bengals in a hard-fought win at Cincinnati.

13. Philadelphia Eagles - First, Juan Castillo is fired as defensive coordinator. A Michael Vick benching may be the next major change if he doesn't play well Sunday against Atlanta.

14. Dallas Cowboys - The defense is playing well enough to reach the postseason. The offense? Not so much.

15. Miami Dolphins - And to think a team that looked so bad on Hard Knocks would make the playoffs if the season ended today.

16. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III is magic. The injuries that the Redskins continue to compile are spoiling the act.

17. San Diego Chargers - Everybody should just chill, right? That's easier said than done with the Chargers dropping their past two games against New Orleans and Denver in stunning fashion.

18. Cincinnati Bengals - With a bye this week, the Bengals will enter a Nov. 4 home game against Denver having gone 0-for-3 in October.

19. Arizona Cardinals - How bad is the offense? The Cardinals limited Sam Bradford and Christian Ponder to seven and eight completions, respectively, and still lost to St. Louis and Minnesota.

20. New York Jets - Tony Sparano isn't impressing in his first season as offensive coordinator.

21. St. Louis Rams - Barring upsets of New England and San Francisco the next two games, the Rams (3-4) won't be getting above .500 again anytime soon.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs have to learn how to finish. All four losses have come by seven points or less.

23. Detroit Lions - A darkhorse preseason Super Bowl contender could very easily be 0-6 right now.

24. Indianapolis Colts - The good news Sunday was a 17-13 win over Cleveland. The better news: Head coach Chuck Pagano, who is battling leukemia, was released from the hospital that same day.

25. New Orleans Saints - Joe Vitt is now back as interim head coach. That's great, but can he also play defense? The Saints need any help they can get.

26. Tennessee Titans - It sure looked like running back Chris Johnson and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck used Mr. Peabody's wayback machine to recapture some of their old glory last Sunday against Buffalo.

27. Oakland Raiders - With only one game remaining against a team that currently has a winning record (Baltimore in Week 10), the Raiders actually have a golden chance to make a playoff push. However, problems in the secondary and along the offensive line may keep that from happening.

28. Carolina Panthers - Firing general manager Marty Hurney in Week 7 isn't going to make the disappointing Panthers any better.

29. Cleveland Browns - Losing on the road to Indianapolis isn't going to please new owner Jimmy Haslam.

30. Buffalo Bills - How can a defense filled largely with high draft picks, well-compensated talent and established coordinator (Dave Wannstedt) be so dreadful?

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - A bad season may get even worse with running back Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) suffering potentially serious injuries in a loss to Oakland.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Let's see if a bye week did any good for the lowly Chiefs on Sunday against visiting Oakland.



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