AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

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Posted on November 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

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

Week 11

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. Houston Texans — Tough victory at Soldier Field earns Texans the No. 1 spot.

2. San Francisco 49ers — If they have to play longer without Alex Smith, they will miss him.

3. Atlanta Falcons — We knew they were not going undefeated, but they are still very good.

4. Denver Broncos — The more you see, the more you realize the Broncos are dangerous.

5. Chicago Bears — Jason Campbell must step up if the Bears have to go without Jay Cutler.

6. New England Patriots — The defense still needs to improve, but the offense is just fine.

7. Green Bay Packers — Having Aaron Rodgers makes their injuries easier to deal with.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers — Big Ben's injury is a big concern. They can only go so far without him.

9. Baltimore Ravens — Two games vs. Pittsburgh in three weeks could decide AFC North.

10. New Orleans Saints — If defense can hold up, the offense could carry Saints to playoffs.

11. New York Giants — Plenty to fix during the bye. Eli Manning needs the break.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Greg Schiano has his young team looking like a playoff contender.

13. Seattle Seahawks — A physical defense and a physical running game makes a good combo.

14. Indianapolis Colts — A feel-good story that seems to be getting better every week.

15. Minnesota Vikings — The incomparable Adrian Peterson is leading a surprising season.

16. Dallas Cowboys — All is not lost. The Cowboys are very much in the NFC East picture.

17. Cincinnati Bengals — A win over the Giants may be the spark that rejuvenates the Bengals.

18. San Diego Chargers — Norv Turner sounds frustrated. Chargers fans are more frustrated.

19. Carolina Panthers — The Panthers didn't expect to be playing for next season so soon.

20. Detroit Lions — Their winless record (0-3) in NFC North makes playoff hopes bleak.

21. Washington Redskins — After a bye week, Robert Griffin will try to halt three-game skid.

22. St. Louis Rams — Maybe coach Jeff Fisher should make more players run the stairs.

23. Buffalo Bills — Stevie Johnson is right — this team needs victories, not moral victories.

24. Miami Dolphins — With Reggie Bush struggling, the offense is struggling as well.

25. Philadelphia Eagles — Looks like Nick Foles will get his chance to unseat Michael Vick.

26. Cleveland Browns — Averaging 11.7 points in last three games. It's tough to win that way.

27. Arizona Cardinals — Riding a five-game losing streak, and facing an angry Falcons team next.

28. Tennessee Titans — Maybe owner Bud Adams should call out his employees every week.

29. New York Jets — This team is a mess, no matter what Rex Ryan or anyone says.

30. Kansas City Chiefs — Week after week, they make too many mistakes to win.

31. Oakland Raiders — Defense has yielded more than 40 points the past two weeks.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars — Need to figure out if Blaine Gabbert is their guy for next season.

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