Comments from AP Pro32 panel

October, 9, 2012
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In a new twist this year, the Associated Press has a weekly poll ranking the NFL's 32 teams. The AP Pro32 is selected by a panel of reporters/analysts/television hosts and this week's has the Patriots in the No. 5 spot (link here).

Here are some comments from voters on the Patriots (number where the voter ranked team), as provided by the AP:

Chris Berman (ESPN, 5) -- Re-invented offense ... again!! WOW!!!

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 4) -- Building momentum with a reliable running game and Tom Brady playing like Tom Brady.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 4) -- A franchise record 35 first downs, including 18 rushing first downs. Patriots are third in rushing. Who would have thought ... an offense that's always evolving.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 6) -- Tom Brady's offense in high gear as he gets the best of Peyton Manning yet again. Brady is now 9-4 lifetime against Manning.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 8) -- The Patriots rank a surprising third in the NFL in rushing and lead the league with four individual 100-yard games, including three by Stevan Ridley.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 6) -- The Patriots can pass. They can run. They can pile up the yards and first downs. And they can start circling the bases on a soft schedule.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 4) -- While defenses focus on stopping Tom Brady, these backs run all over you.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 5) -- The Patriot offense just went to a new level with the hurry-up no-huddle run game. They will wind up leading the league in rushing the way they are headed.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 5) -- Balance is the new word in New England as the Patriots feel that could be the difference between getting to Super Bowls and winning Super Bowls!

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 6) -- Tom Brady a game-manager? The future Hall of Fame quarterback won't complain after another dominating performance by New England's running game in a 31-21 triumph over Denver.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 5) -- They have the most explosive offense in the NFL, and as long as they take care of the football the offense could keep getting better.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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