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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