Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:
IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)
1. Denver Broncos -- The AFC's playoff path runs through Peyton's Place, where GPS won't help you proceed.
4. New England Patriots -- Outscored opponents by an average margin of 14 points per game. Ho hum.
5. Atlanta Falcons -- Few franchises have entered the postseason with more to prove.
6. Green Bay Packers -- Mr. Rodgers' neighborhood is dangerous this time of the year.
7. Houston Texans -- Can they regain the championship glow that faded in the winter chill?
10. Washington Redskins -- Led by two impact rookies, the NFL's No. 5 offense is rolling downhill.
12. Indianapolis Colts -- The Colts managed to win 11 games despite allowing 30 more points than they scored.
13. Chicago Bears -- The Bears wasted a lot of good defense, so Lovie Smith paid the ultimate NFL price.
14. New York Giants -- Speaking of good defense, the Giants don't have much to say.
15. Dallas Cowboys -- Everything's bigger in Texas, especially the annual late-season disappointment.
16. New Orleans Saints -- After a year off for bad behavior, Sean Payton returns to torment NFC defenses.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- The NFL's No. 1 defense is home for the holidays, thanks to 30 giveaways.
18. St. Louis Rams -- Made some strides within the division in Jeff Fisher's first season.
24. Tennessee Titans -- The Titans used to be known for aggressive, physical defense. Not anymore.
25. New York Jets -- With this defense, they don't need a franchise quarterback just a reliable one.
26. Cleveland Browns -- Another last-place finish triggered a rather thorough housecleaning.
27. Arizona Cardinals -- Ask Ken Whisenhunt how important a QB is to an NFL team's success.
28. Detroit Lions -- That 0-6 division record could have been enough to get Jim Schwartz canned.
29. Philadelphia Eagles -- The dream (team) is no more. Wake up, Philly fans, and smell the rebuilding plan.
30. Oakland Raiders -- Pride and poise are in short supply in the East Bay, along with wins.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars -- With a new owner calling the shots, the next move could be a call to Mr. Tebow.
32. Kansas City Chiefs -- Some stats don't lie. The Chiefs threw eight TD passes all season. That's correct, eight.
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