AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

Updated: January 2, 2013, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

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

Week 18

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. New England Patriots -- If they have to win in Denver to reach Super Bowl, Patriots can.

2. Denver Broncos -- They are the No. 1 seed, and no AFC team has more momentum.

3. Seattle Seahawks -- The best wild card team, but reaching Super Bowl will still be difficult.

4. San Francisco 49ers -- Came very close last season, and this could be their year.

5. Green Bay Packers -- Playing at Lambeau will help them in a rematch against Vikings.

6. Atlanta Falcons -- In one week, it will be put-up or shut up time for Falcons in playoffs.

7. Cincinnati Bengals -- Better equipped than last year to win playoff game in Houston.

8. Washington Redskins -- Gimpy knee and all, RG3 is the key to how far Redskins go.

9. Minnesota Vikings -- The remarkable Adrian Peterson gets another crack at the Packers.

10. Houston Texans -- They are stumbling into the playoffs, and which is rarely a good sign.

11. New York Giants -- Better than some playoff teams, but paid for inconsistency.

12. Baltimore Ravens -- We'll see if the Ravens can send off Ray Lewis with a ring.

13. Indianapolis Colts -- Inspiring season continues into playoffs, with Chuck Pagano back.

14. Chicago Bears -- Ten wins did not save their season, or Lovie Smith's job.

15. St. Louis Rams -- Jeff Fisher made a huge difference. Could be a playoff team in 2013.

16. New Orleans Saints -- With Sean Payton back, Saints could easily return to playoff form.

17. Carolina Panthers -- They need the right GM to put the right pieces around Cam Newton.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Need to get younger, and offensive line needs to get better.

19. Dallas Cowboys -- Tony Romo remains a heartbreaker for Cowboys' fans in big moments.

20. Miami Dolphins -- Joe Philbin has built a solid foundation, starting with Ryan Tannehill.

21. San Diego Chargers -- The next coach needs to get the best out of Philip Rivers.

22. Cleveland Browns -- The right GM-coach combination could flourish. Young talent is there.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Greg Schiano will likely cut ties with more players that don't buy in.

24. Buffalo Bills -- They need a new coach and a new quarterback -- rarely a good thing.

25. Detroit Lions -- The bottom fell out this season. Jim Schwartz's seat will be hot.

26. Tennessee Titans -- They need to give coach Mike Munchak more talent to work with.

27. Oakland Raiders -- Going to be a slow process, but keeping Dennis Allen was right move.

28. Arizona Cardinals -- Solving the quarterback issues will be priority No. 1 for the new coach.

29. Philadelphia Eagles -- Few expected Andy Reid's last season to be so bad.

30. New York Jets -- Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez have plenty to prove.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars -- The new general manager will have plenty of work to do.

32. Kansas City Chiefs -- Another team that needs a quarterback before it can contend.

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