Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Rick Gosselin of Dallas
Morning News:

Week 12

RICK GOSSELIN (Dallas Morning News)

1. Houston Texans — The Texans sit atop the AFC with a 9-1 record but
now embark on a three-game road trip (Detroit, Tennessee, New
England). It's only the second three-game trip in franchise history.

2. Atlanta Falcons — The Falcons lead the NFL with 10 individual
100-yard receiving games this season — five by Roddy White, three by
Julio Jones and two by Tony Gonzalez.

3. San Francisco 49ers — The NFL's best rushing attack and NFC's best
defense allow a team to win regardless who's quarterbacking. The 49ers
can win with either Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick taking the snaps.

4. Baltimore Ravens — The Ravens will be without perennial Pro Bowl
safety Ed Reed this week against San Diego. The NFL sat Reed down for
a game for repeated illegal hits on defenseless players.

5. Denver Broncos — The Broncos have won five games in a row, the
longest current winning streak in the AFC. That matches the five-game
winning streak by the Packers in the NFC.

6. New England Patriots — The Patriots have forced 27 turnovers and
committed just seven themselves. That's a plus-20 and that leads the

7. Green Bay Packers — Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 17 TD passes
against only two interceptions in the last five games, all Packer

8. Chicago Bears — The Bears are 5-0 when they score on defense and
2-3 when they don't.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers — The Steelers are starting a third different
quarterback in three weeks. Injuries have already cost the Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. Now it's Charlie Batch's turn.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Dekoda Watson is making a bid for
special-teams player of the month for the Bucs. He blocked a kick two
weeks ago against San Diego then recovered a fumbled punt last week
versus Carolina.

11. Seattle Seahawks — Rookie QB Russell Wilson has thrown eight
interceptions this season — and all have come in his five road games.
He has thrown 11 of his 15 TD passes at home. His Seahawks travel to
Miami Sunday.

12. New York Giants — The Giants have recovered five fumbles this
season on special-teams alone.

13. Minnesota Vikings — The Giants, Titans, Seahawks and Vikings all
return from bye weeks — the final byes of the NFL season. Minnesota is
the best of the four coming off byes with a 17-6 record. The Vikings
play at Chicago Sunday.

14. New Orleans Saints — The Saints are 2-3 when Drew Brees throws for
300-plus yards and 3-2 when he doesn't. New Orleans has a three-game
winning streak and Brees hasn't passed for 300 in any of them.

15. Indianapolis Colts — The Colts claimed Andrew Luck with the first
overall pick of the 2012 draft and are certainly getting their money's
worth. Twice he's thrown 50 passes in a game and he has a 400-yard and
four 300s games.

16. Dallas Cowboys — The Cowboys have big problems on their offensive
line. They allowed seven sacks last week and now their best blocker,
Tyron Smith, figures to miss the Thanksgiving game with a high ankle

17. Cincinnati Bengals — The 5-5 Bengals cling to playoff contention
even though they are better on the road (3-2) than at home (2-3).

18. Tennessee Titans — Opposing quarterbacks are completing better
than 70 percent of their passes against the Titans. It's tough to win
when the other team doesn't throw incompletions.

19. Washington Redskins — The Redskins are the NFL's most penalized
team with 88 for 729 yards. That's 51 more flags than the least
penalized team (Atlanta) for 434 more yards.

20. Detroit Lions — WR Calvin Johnson is heating up with three
consecutive 100-yard receiving games for the Lions. Too little, too
late, though.

21. San Diego Chargers — At 4-6, the Chargers are the worst
second-place team in the NFL. San Diego has lost two in a row to fall
under .500.

22. Arizona Cardinals — John Skelton and Kevin Kolb have both had
300-yard passing games for the Cardinals this season. Rookie Ryan
Lindley may soon get the chance to join them for the slumping Cards.

23. Miami Dolphins — The Dolphins rank 21st in the NFL in defense.
That's the best defense being played in the state of Florida. Tampa
Bay ranks 29th and Jacksonville 31st.

24. New York Jets — The Patriots at home on Thanksgiving constitutes
last call at respectability in 2012 for the Jets.

25. St. Louis Rams — The Rams have gone eight consecutive seasons
without qualifying for the playoffs. At 3-6-1, you can tack on a ninth
year to that postseason drought.

26. Buffalo Bills — The Bills have allowed a league-high 16 touchdowns
on the ground. Not surprisingly, they have the AFC's worst run

27. Oakland Raiders — The Raiders have not sacked any quarterbacks in
the last two games. Their 11 sacks are the fewest in the league.

28. Philadelphia Eagles — Everything on the Eagles has run aground
except their run defense. Philadelphia has the only defense in the NFL
that has not allowed an individual 100-yard rusher yet.

29. Cleveland Browns — The 2-8 Browns led in the fourth quarter of
each of their last two games against playoff contenders Baltimore and
Dallas and wound up losing both times.

30. Carolina Panthers — The Panthers led the NFC in rushing in 2011.
But Carolina is one of only four teams this season still without an
individual 100-yard rusher.

31. Kansas City Chiefs — The Chiefs have committed a league-leading 31
turnovers. That's five more than they committed all last season and
seven more than they committed in 2010 when KC won its last division

32. Jacksonville Jaguars — The Chiefs and Jaguars are both sliding
along with seven-game losing streaks. Jacksonville has won only three
of its last 17 games. Now they turn to QB Chad Henne to shake those