AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

Updated: October 2, 2012, 4:08 PM ET
Associated Press

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:

Week 5

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. Houston Texans -- J. J. Watt has been the league's best defensive player, and Texans have been league's best team.

2. San Francisco 49ers -- That was a dominant defensive performance against Jets, and now the 49ers have a three-game home stand.

3. New England Patriots -- People can stop asking what's wrong with them. Running game gives them more offensive balance.

4. Chicago Bears -- The Bears, not the Cowboys, were the more talented team on the field Monday night.

5. Atlanta Falcons -- Matt Ryan has been the NFL's best quarterback through Week 4. He's the main reason they are unbeaten.

6. Green Bay Packers -- A close victory over the Saints could be the spark that gets the Packers rolling.

7. Baltimore Ravens -- This team is still at its best offensively when Ray Rice gets consistent touches.

8. Arizona Cardinals -- Kevin Kolb's improved play is a good sign for the most surprising unbeaten team.

9. New York Giants -- Hakeem Nicks' health is a concern. So are two losses already against NFC East rivals.

10. San Diego Chargers -- Winning games they are supposed to, which is a good sign for their playoff hopes.

11. Philadelphia Eagles -- There has been plenty of talk about Michael Vick, but not enough talk about improved defense.

12. Denver Broncos -- Peyton Manning's arm looks plenty good enough to win games.

13. Minnesota Vikings -- Probably the league's most pleasant surprise, with the much-improved Christian Ponder.

14. Cincinnati Bengals -- Have quietly put together three-game winning streak with consistent play.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Return of Rashard Mendenhall following a bye week should be a lift.

16. New Orleans Saints -- Drew Brees keeps setting records but he would rather have wins.

17. Dallas Cowboys -- Dez Bryant's inconsistency and Tony Romo's turnovers are concerns.

18. Detroit Lions -- Forget about last season. Lions just aren't the same team.

19. Seattle Seahawks -- Offense led by Russell Wilson is not generating enough points.

20. Carolina Panthers -- Porous defense is a bigger problem than Cam Newton's attitude.

21. Buffalo Bills -- Mario Williams has been quiet, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has been too turnover prone.

22. Washington Redskins -- Robert Griffin III makes this team dangerous against anyone.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Close losses have been frustrating. Still learning how to win.

24. Miami Dolphins -- The solid play of Ryan Tannehill continues to be encouraging.

25. St. Louis Rams -- A healthy Steven Jackson makes a huge difference for this team.

26. Tennessee Titans -- Matt Hasselbeck is very capable if Jake Locker misses time.

27. Kansas City Chiefs -- They have given up at least 35 points in three of their four games.

28. New York Jets -- All of their offensive weaknesses have been exposed. Tim Tebow time could be getting closer.

29. Cleveland Browns -- This team could use a victory for morale, but still playing tough.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Offensive issues continue to haunt this team.

31. Indianapolis Colts -- Illness of coach Chuck Pagano is unexpected challenge for this team.

32. Oakland Raiders -- Darren McFadden has been held to fewer than 35 yards rushing in three of the Raiders' four games.

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