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

Week 13

RICK GOSSELIN (Dallas Morning News)

1. Houston Texans — The Texans are the only team in the NFL unbeaten
in conference play at 8-0.

2. Atlanta Falcons — The Falcons have had to rally from fourth-quarter
deficits to win their last two games. Atlanta now has four
fourth-quarter comeback victories this season on the way to a 10-1
record.

3. San Francisco 49ers — Aldon Smith is on a pace to set the NFL
record for sacks with 24. He has 16½ through 11 games. Michael Strahan
holds the record with 22½.

4. Baltimore Ravens — The 9-2 Ravens have won four in a row since
their bye and are starting to muscle up on defense. Baltimore has held
three of its last four opponents to 15 points or less.

5. Denver Broncos — The Broncos have a league-best six-game winning
streak and their defense has stockpiled 23 sacks during that stretch.
That's more sacks than eight NFL teams have for the entire season.

6. New England Patriots — The Patriots are the only team in the NFL
that has not allowed a return touchdown by opposing defenses or
special teams.

7. Chicago Bears — Four of the top six defenses in the NFL lead
division races: No. 2 San Francisco, No. 3 Chicago, No. 4 Denver and
No. 6 Houston.

8. New York Giants — The Giants have had four different wide receivers
with 100-yard games this season. Eli Manning has plenty of options.

9. Green Bay Packers — Aaron Rodgers has already thrown more
interceptions this season (seven) than all of last year (six) when he
won the NFL MVP award.

10. Indianapolis Colts — QB Andrew Luck isn't the only rookie
excelling for the Colts. Third-rounder T.Y. Hilton leads all rookie
receivers with three 100-yard games and also has returned a punt for a
touchdown.

11. Cincinnati Bengals — Free-agent addition Benjarvus Green-Ellis has
rushed for 100 yards in each of his last two games, a pair of
Cincinnati victories.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — The Buccaneers are 6-5 and all five of
their defeats have been by a touchdown or less. Tampa Bay lost by 1 to
Atlanta, 2 to Washington, 6 to Dallas and 7 to both the Giants and
Saints.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers — Losing Ben Roethlisberger to injury has been
devastating for the Steelers. Backups Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch
have combined for four interceptions and no touchdowns the last two
weeks in a pair of losses.

14. Seattle Seahawks — Rookie QB Russell Wilson can't wait to get
home. He has thrown all eight of his interceptions and suffered all
five of his defeats on the road. Unfortunately, the Seahawks are back
on the road Sunday at Chicago.

15. Minnesota Vikings — Adrian Peterson has rushed for 100 yards in
five consecutive games but saw his four-game scoring streak come to an
end last weekend against the Bears.

16. Washington Redskins — The Redskins have four different receivers
who have caught TD passes of at least 65 yards: Pierre Garcon (88
yards), Santana Moss (77), Leonard Hankerson (68) and Aldrick Robinson
(68).

17. New Orleans Saints — The Saints are on pace to allow a record
7,277 yards, almost 500 yards more than the current record. New
Orleans ranks last in defense, last in run defense and 30th in pass
defense.

18. Miami Dolphins — Ryan Tannehill will be the third rookie
quarterback the Patriots have faced this season when New England
visits the Dolphins Sunday. New England lost to Russell Wilson and
beat Andrew Luck.

19. Dallas Cowboys — The Cowboys spent $50 million on a free-agent
cornerback and traded up into the top 10 to get the best corner in the
2012 draft. Yet the Cowboys have a league-low five interceptions.

20. St. Louis Rams — Since Oct. 1, the Rams have beaten one team —
Arizona — and they've beaten that one team twice.

21. Tennessee Titans — Jake Locker makes his second career start
Sunday against Houston. The last time he faced Houston on the final
weekend of September, the Texans knocked him out of the game in the
first quarter with a sack — and he missed the next five weeks.

22. Detroit Lions — Calvin Johnson is on fire for the Lions with four
consecutive 100-yard games for a league-high seven on the season.
Megatron also has scored a touchdown in his last three games.

23. San Diego Chargers — The Chargers have lost three in a row and six
of their last seven for a slow but emphatic fade in the AFC West.

24. Buffalo Bills — In the four games since the bye, QB Ryan
Fitzpatrick has not thrown a touchdown pass longer than 3 yards.

25. Arizona Cardinals — The Cardinals have started three different
quarterbacks this season. All have thrown for 300 yards in a game and
all have thrown more than 50 passes in a game.

26. Cleveland Browns — Phil Dawson has been perfect for the Browns
this season, converting all 21 of his field goal tries and all 20 of
his conversions. He's hit all five of his field-goal tries from beyond
50 yards.

27. Carolina Panthers — Luke Kuechly is a tackling machine with four
consecutive 100-plus tackle seasons — the first three at Boston
College and this last one for the Panthers. Kuechly skipped his senior
season to turn pro.

28. New York Jets — The last time both New York teams won on the same
weekend was Oct. 14. The Jets have contributed four losses in their
five games since then.

29. Philadelphia Eagles — The Eagles are engulfed in a seven-game
losing streak — their longest such skid since the close of the 1998
season and start of the 1999 season.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars — Chad Henne has breathed some life into the
Jaguars at quarterback, engineering their two highest-scoring games of
the season in the last two weeks. Jacksonville scored 27 against
Houston and 24 against Tennessee.

31. Oakland Raiders — The Raiders are on a pace to allow 518 points,
second-most in NFL history. They allowed 55 to Baltimore, 42 to Tampa
Bay and in the 30s to five other opponents.

32. Kansas City Chiefs — If GM Scott Pioli has been trying to build
the Chiefs in the image of his former employer the Patriots, he's
failing. The Chiefs have committed a league-high 32 turnovers — 24
more than the Pats.

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