Tuesday, October 9, 2012
??AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber??
Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
1. San Francisco 49ers -- Niners have outscored last two opponents by a combined 79-3. Right here, right now, they're the most complete team out there.
2. Houston Texans -- Unbeaten streak lives on, but not without a huge loss. Texans will have to carry on without injured linebacker Brian Cushing.
3. Atlanta Falcons -- Matty Ice pulls off his 18th career game-winning drive to keep the Falcons unbeaten and keep his MVP run intact.
4. Baltimore Ravens -- Never apologize for winning ... never apologize for winning ... never apologize for winning ... even after a 9-6 stinkeroo in KC.
5. Chicago Bears -- Shades of '85 as Da Bears pulverize the Jags on the road. Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs now in the record books for INT returns for TD two weeks in a row.
6. New England Patriots -- 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.
7. Minnesota Vikings -- The surprise team of the season so far, as the Vikings keep finding new ways to win. One week it's Christian Ponder, another week it's Adrian Peterson, and this time it's Percy Harvin.
8. Arizona Cardinals -- Back to earth for the Cardinals following that electrifying OT win against Miami.
9. Philadelphia Eagles -- If Michael Vick doesn't stop with all the turnovers, the Eagles will not achieve their Super Bowl dreams.
10. New York Giants -- Tom Coughlin says Ahmad Bradshaw is as tough a player as he's ever been around. And that covers more than half a century. A career game for the diminutive running back.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Another setback for Troy Polamalu, but Pittsburgh's defense contains Michael Vick, and Ben Roethlisberger was at his best -- again -- in the final minutes to pull out the win.
12. Green Bay Packers -- More problems on defense, as Green Bay blows a 21-3 lead to a rebuilding Colts team on the road.
13. San Diego Chargers -- So much for that 2-0 start. Bolts now losers of two of their last three.
14. Denver Broncos -- The bad news: Peyton lost again to Brady. The good news: The Broncos are almost finished with their treacherous early-season schedule.
15. Seattle Seahawks -- Russell Wilson gets all the attention, but it's Seattle's defense that's behind their early-season success. Another terrific job, this time against Cam Newton.
16. Cincinnati Bengals -- A three-game winning streak comes to a crashing halt at home with a listless performance by Andy Dalton's offense.
17. Dallas Cowboys -- Cowboys rested up after bye week following brutal loss to the Bears. But it's another big-time defense up next, as Dallas visits the Ravens.
18. Washington Redskins -- Bigger issue in Washington: the presidential race or RG3's concussion? Tossup.
19. St. Louis Rams -- Going over .500 never felt so good, especially if your team hasn't been there in six years. Nice work, Jeff Fisher.
20. Indianapolis Colts -- If Andrew Luck has the kind of career we all think he will, we'll look back on Sunday's dramatic comeback over the Packers as his first transcendent moment. Emotion-packed win dedicated to head coach Chuck Pagano as he battles leukemia.
21. New Orleans Saints -- Finally a piece of good news for a beaten down Saints team: Drew Brees breaks Johnny U's record for most consecutive games with a TD pass, and New Orleans gets on the board with a win.
22. Miami Dolphins -- After two gut-wrenching losses in OT, Dolphins make their own luck by beating Cincy on the road. Late INT by Reshad Jones seals it at the end.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Well, at least we got through a week without talking about kneeldowns. Then again, the Bucs didn't play. Home to Kansas City after a bye.
24. Detroit Lions -- Jim Schwartz hopes he found a defense during the bye week. He'll find out soon enough when Detroit visits the Iggles.
25. New York Jets -- Another loss for the Jets, but at least this one was respectable. After being demolished 34-0 by the Niners, Jets at least go toe-to-toe with unbeaten Texans before falling short at the end. Mark Sanchez gets to start another week.
26. Carolina Panthers -- Ron Rivera says Cam Newton is trying to do too much. Or is it ore like Newton just isn't doing enough?
27. Kansas City Chiefs -- This was a lot uglier than just a 9-6 home loss to the Ravens. Chiefs fans cheering a Matt Cassel head injury? C'mon, people.
28. Buffalo Bills -- Last week, Carlos Rogers suggested the Jets quit on the 49ers. This time, Bills coach Chan Gailey wondered the same thing about his own team after a beatdown loss in San Francisco.
29. Tennessee Titans -- Looking like a lost year.
30. Oakland Raiders -- Last time the Raiders traveled east, they were pummeled by the Dolphins. This time, they're at Atlanta. Look out below.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars -- All-too-familiar background noise in this one for the Jaguars: boos from the home crowd.
32. Cleveland Browns -- Browns looked terrific against the Giants. Unfortunately, that lasted all of about five minutes. Nothing but misery over the next 55.
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