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AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman

AP Pro32-Kaufman Ballot

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:

Week 5

IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)

  1. Houston Texans - The surest bet in the NFL? The Texans winning the AFC South crown.
  1. Atlanta Falcons - You can sack Matt Ryan and you can hound the man, but you can't rattle him.
  1. San Francisco 49ers - See what happens when you get these guys mad?
  1. Arizona Cardinals - The last time these masters of OT were 4-0, Barbra Streisand was crooning about "The Way We Were."
  1. Baltimore Ravens - This new-look attack is averaging 30 points per game heading into Arrowhead.
  1. New England Patriots - A prolific afternoon at Buffalo has lifted the Brady Bunch into the No. l spot in total offense.
  1. Green Bay Packers - That was quite a shootout Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees staged at Lambeau.
  1. Chicago Bears - This ballhawking defense can keep Chicago in the NFC North chase all season.
  1. Cincinnati Bengals - Mike Zimmer's pass rush gets after people. Just ask battered Blaine Gabbert.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles - The only team in the league ranked in the top 10 on both sides of the ball.
  1. New York Giants - Philly has their number and this defense hasn't been making the key stops.
  1. Denver Broncos - Beating up on defenseless Oakland is one thing. Winning at Foxborough is quite another.
  1. Minnesota Vikings - You can't dismiss these overachievers, not the way Christian Ponder is playing.
  1. San Diego Chargers - Nice rebound from that debacle against the Falcons.
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger's off to a terrific start, but this aging defense is hardly keeping pace.
  1. Dallas Cowboys - Since beating the Giants in Week 1, the ground game has taken a siesta.
  1. Washington Redskins - There are rookie quarterbacks, and then there's Robert Griffin III.
  1. New York Jets - Can't argue with you Rex it was a butt-kicking.
  1. St. Louis Rams - They made Russell Wilson look like a rookie before preparing to take down unbeaten Arizona Thursday night.
  1. Seattle Seahawks - Strong on the ground and hapless through the air, Seattle has a lot to prove on the road.
  1. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to make sure his mouth guard is firmly in place before taking the field at Candlestick Park.
  1. Miami Dolphins - You can't play much better run defense through the first month.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Three consecutive losses by a total of 15 points has a new coaching staff frustrated entering the bye week.
  1. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton is averaging 9.47 yards per pass attempt, tops in the league.
  1. New Orleans Saints - The NFL's lowest-rated passer in the fourth quarter? You guessed it, Drew Brees.
  1. Detroit Lions - Still looking for their first pick of the season, they've got a week off to recapture their mojo.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs - That minus-13 turnover ratio is comical, but Romeo Crennel isn't laughing.
  1. Indianapolis Colts - It's difficult to think about football when your head coach is fighting for his life.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars - New offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski has had better months.
  1. Oakland Raiders - Something's awry in the East Bay when Darren McFadden is averaging 3.5 yards per carry.
  1. Tennessee Titans - On pace to allow 604 points, which would shatter the NFL's all-time record.
  1. Cleveland Browns - The Brandon Weeden experiment is off to a rocky start.

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