AP Pro32 ballot from Glauber
Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Bob Glauber of Newsday:
BOB GLAUBER (Newsday)
1. Denver Broncos -- The operative numbers here are 10 and 72. That's 10 straight wins for the Broncos and 72 times that Peyton Manning has passed for three or more TDs in a game. Next stop New Orleans?
2. Atlanta Falcons -- After crushing the Giants at home, the Falcons do the same to Detroit on the road to earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They've been here before, only to lose on the first try. Don't sense that'll be the case this time.
3. Seattle Seahawks -- There is no hotter team in the NFL right now. Pete Carroll's boys have outscored their last opponents by a whopping 150-30. Most impressive was a 42-13 blowout of the 49ers at home, where the 'Hawks are 7-0.
4. San Francisco 49ers -- The loss in Seattle wasn't the thing that hurt. Now the 49ers are dealing with injury issues at a time they can least afford it.
5. New England Patriots -- Pats struggle to beat surprisingly tough Jaguars on the road, but they're still alive for a playoff bye. Whether or not they get it could be crucial to their Super Bowl hopes.
6. Green Bay Packers -- Pack assured of No. 3 seed in the playoffs, but they get the No. 2 -- and a bye -- with a win over the Vikings on Sunday.
7. Houston Texans -- Texans have picked the wrong time to struggle, losing two of their last three. They didn't show up against the Vikings. Good news on Arian Foster, though. He says he is "back to normal" after visiting with a cardiologist because of a heart-related issue during the game.
8. Washington Redskins -- It's very simple for the resurgent Redskins: Beat the Cowboys on Sunday, and the division is theirs. Would be an incredible finish for a team that looked to be out of it at 3-6.
9. Minnesota Vikings -- Considering the stakes, that win in Houston was the biggest of Leslie Frazier's tenure. Vikes still alive in the wild-card chase.
10. Baltimore Ravens -- All those offensive problems of the previous five weeks disappeared against the reeling Giants, as Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce dominate and deliver another AFC North title.
11. Indianapolis Colts -- What a welcome back present: The Colts deliver Chuck Pagano a playoff berth upon his return to work on Monday after cancer treatment. Fine job, Bruce Arians.
12. Cincinnati Bengals -- Marvin Lewis gets to his second straight playoff berth for the first time as a head coach and does so in style, beating the AFC North rival Steelers on the road.
13. Dallas Cowboys -- Tony Romo does his part on offense, but Cowboy's D can't contain Drew Brees. Now it's a winner-take-all deal against the Redskins. Cowboys hope they respond better than they did the last time they were in this exact predicament last year against the Giants.
14. New Orleans Saints -- They're only playing for pride, but the Saints are doing so with gusto. Their OT win over Dallas makes them 7-4 since their disastrous start.
15. Chicago Bears -- Playoff hope lives for another week after a layup win in Arizona.
16. New York Giants -- Haven't seen a team fall off a cliff like this in quite some time. Giants outscored 67-13 in their last two and need a miracle to get into the tournament.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Not used to seeing a playoff concession speech by Mike Tomlin. But his team hasn't been right all season, so this is what he's left with.
19. St. Louis Rams -- A ton of progress from a Rams team that won just two games last season. Still a ways to go, but a promising future nevertheless thanks to Jeff Fisher.
20. Miami Dolphins -- All in all, not a bad season for a Dolphins team with few expectations. They give their rookie quarterback valuable experience and hope for the payoff down the road.
21. San Diego Chargers -- One more week until the Norv Turner era is over. At least he can take some comfort from a solid road win against the Jets.
24. Tennessee Titans -- Titans owner Bud Adams said he had to turn the TV off in this one. Suspect many other Titans fans did the same in a 55-7 loss in Green Bay.
25. Arizona Cardinals -- And now we wait to see what happens to Ken Whisenhunt and whether the Bidwills absolve him for playing without a capable quarterback most of the way.
26. Cleveland Browns -- Same thing, different year: Another double-digit losing season in Cleveland, to be followed by another coaching change.
28. Detroit Lions -- What began with such hope will end with crushing disappointment known all too well by fans numbed by decades of failure.
30. Oakland Raiders -- A mess coming into the season, and still the same on the way out.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Gritty effort against the vastly superior Patriots, but not nearly good enough. Tim Tebow to the rescue next year?
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