AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber
Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
3. San Francisco 49ers -- Two more sacks from Aldon Smith, who is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year. And now for the two-week stretch that could decide playoff positioning: at New England and at Seattle.
5. Atlanta Falcons -- Off day in Carolina or were the Falcons exposed? They'll find out quickly when they host the defending Super Bowl champs on Sunday.
6. New York Giants -- Giants are at their best when their backs are against the wall. Latest example was 52-27 thumping of New Orleans at home. Rookie David Wilson was brilliant on kickoff returns and injected himself into the running back rotation.
8. Green Bay Packers -- Win and you're in: If Green Bay beats the wounded Bears on the road on Sunday, they clinch the NFC North. Pack gets in position to win the division with solid, if unspectacular effort against Detroit.
9. Baltimore Ravens -- Two losses, more problems on offense, and John Harbaugh has had enough. Out with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and in with Jim Caldwell. Risky move, but worth it for Harbaugh. Tough first task when Baltimore hosts Caldwell's old pal Peyton Manning.
10. Seattle Seahawks -- It's like Pete Carroll is back at USC beating up on Washington State. Seahawks absolutely pummel Cardinals 58-0, only 11 points from equaling Carroll's most lopsided win in college.
11. Washington Redskins -- Good news for RG3 that he didn't end his season with that knee injury. But it's a sobering reminder that the kid needs to stay in the pocket more for his own good.
14. Dallas Cowboys -- Dramatic and emotional comeback win in Cincinnati for the Cowboys, who are still mourning the loss of practice squad player Jerry Brown. Tony Romo's comeback may have saved the season.
15. Cincinnati Bengals -- Bengals blow nine-point lead against Cowboys and need to recover quickly. At Philly is no lock, and then it's at Pittsburgh and home to Baltimore. Bengals on the bubble right now.
17. St. Louis Rams -- Jeff Fisher probably won't win Coach of the Year honors, but he has done a sensational job getting this Rams team competitive this quickly. He has already tripled last year's win total.
19. New Orleans Saints -- Looks like the Saints are done after getting blown out against the Giants. Just a horrid stretch for Drew Brees, who has only one touchdown and seven INTs in his last two games.
20. Detroit Lions -- Losing streak to Packers now at 22, longest in the NFL. That kind of year for a Lions team that looked so promising coming in.
21. Miami Dolphins -- Dolphins just not in 49ers' league. Home game against Jacksonville on Sunday more their speed.
23. San Diego Chargers -- As the saying goes, the 15th time's the charm. San Diego beats the Stillers in Pittsburgh for the first time in 15 regular-season visits, this just days after a report that said Norv Turner is out after the season.
25. Buffalo Bills -- OK, so Chan Gailey was technically wrong when he said the Bills are out of the playoff picture. But if they do get there, it would make the Frank Reich's comeback against the Oilers look like child's play.
26. Cleveland Browns -- Progress, yes. Enough to convince Jimmy Haslam to stick with Pat Shurmur? Probably not.
29. Arizona Cardinals -- Cardinals have had some bad losses in their mostly sorry history, but 58-0 in Seattle tops 'em all. Ken Whisenhunt gets the rest of the year, but might get the gate at the end.
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