AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

AP Pro32 ballot from Brown
December 11, 2012, 5:59 pm
Share This Post

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

Week 15

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. New England Patriots - No doubt they are the team to beat after dismantling Texans.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Sunday night game against Patriots could be Super Bowl preview.

3. New York Giants - David Wilson is the newest big-play weapon in a potent attack.

4. Seattle Seahawks - It's not just about Russell Wilson. This team is solid and physical.

5. Denver Broncos - Knowshon Moreno is running like he's back in college at Georgia.

6. Houston Texans - The Texans should be concerned about their leaky secondary.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Can't blame Cam Cameron anymore. It's time for Joe Flacco to deliver.

8. Atlanta Falcons - Has any 11-2 team every gotten as little respect? Don't think so.

9. Washington Redskins - Alfred Morris is the latest back to love a Mike Shanahan offense.

10. Cincinnati Bengals - Their season could come down to beating Steelers in season finale.

11. Green Bay Packers - Packers have shown renewed commitment to running game lately.

12. Chicago Bears - They're fading down the stretch for the second consecutive season.

13. Indianapolis Colts - For such a young team, they play with impressive poise.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers - Steelers have been inconsistent, but loss to Chargers was shocker.

15. Dallas Cowboys - Can't say the Cowboys have stopped competing for Jason Garrett.

16. Minnesota Vikings - Even when opponents load the box, Adrian Peterson excels.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Momentum has been lost, and playoffs now look unlikely for them.

18. Cleveland Browns - I'll say it again. Pat Shurmur is making a strong case to keep his job.

19. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher is showing why he was so coveted during offseason.

20. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton looks like he's starting to blossom. That's crucial for franchise.

21. San Diego Chargers - They remain a tease under Norv Turner. Good wins, baffling losses.

22. Miami Dolphins - They face key decisions on several players, including Reggie Bush.

23. Detroit Lions - This team has flat-out underachieved. Lack of discipline has hurt.

24. New Orleans Saints - We can stop waiting for the playoff run. It's not going to happen.

25. New York Jets - Doubt if they make the playoffs. Who will they beat if they get in?

26. Buffalo Bills - If players keep griping, you have to wonder if Chan Gailey will stick.

27. Philadelphia Eagles - Playing out the string, but Nick Foles is gaining experience.

28. Kansas City Chiefs - With Dwayne Bowe gone, the Chiefs' offense really can get worse.

29. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals' season has disintegrated into a debacle.

30. Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker has not made the kind of progress they had hoped.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Some teams should be glad the season is almost over. This is one.

32. Oakland Raiders - Chiefs vs. Raiders in Week 15 won't be NFL football at its finest.

---

Online:

http://pro32.ap.org/poll and

http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Texans - Team News
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Arian Foster's caddie is in no danger of missing Week 9.
Oct 30 3:41PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Johnson was never in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles. With six teams on bye for Week 9, Johnson is a WR1.
Oct 30 3:40PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. The Texans are just managing their superstar back's reps. With DeMarco Murray facing the Cardinals' elite run defense, there's a case to be made for Foster as Week 9's No. 1...
Oct 30 3:39PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Blue got first-team reps with Arian Foster (knee) not practicing. The Texans also held out Andre Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday.
Oct 29 5:15PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps for rest purposes. He didn't suffer any setbacks last week and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Oct 29 3:43PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It's a new injury for Foster. Coming off his three-touchdown performance, it's possible the Texans are getting him some rest. Foster will be a top-three running back in Week...
Oct 29 3:18PM Read More
Zac Diles - LB
Texans signed LB Zac Diles. CB Elbert Mack was waived in a corresponding roster move. Diles' addition is a sign the Texans aren't expecting Brian Cushing (knee) back for Week 9.
Oct 28 4:04PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch in the Texans' Week 8 win over Tennessee. Graham was targeted just one time on the day, a seam shot from Ryan Fitzpatrick that predictably fell incomplete. Graham has been a very minor part of the offense, making...
Oct 26 4:53PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 55 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Johnson saw a team-high dozen targets. He was followed by Titans top CB Jason McCourty for much of the afternoon, leaving DeAndre Hopkins to work on sophomore Blidi...
Oct 26 4:44PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Hopkins was targeted 11 times compared to 12 for Andre Johnson. Hopkins picked up chunk yards on all of his grabs, and was stopped at the five-yard line on one grab where...
Oct 26 4:24PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Blue added a 22-yard catch. With the Texans clobbering the Titans late and Arian Foster having already piled up 173 yards and three touchdowns, Blue got plenty of run late...
Oct 26 4:11PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown, and zero... Fitzpatrick was pretty bad for most of the day, begging to be picked off, but the Texans rode Arian Foster's legs to victory. Fitzpatrick's lone touchdown went to Foster on...
Oct 26 3:45PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-16, Week 8... Foster managed just 36 yards on his first 10 carries, but broke a 34-yard touchdown and had no trouble finding holes in the Tennessee defense from there on. Foster caught a...
Oct 26 3:21PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Titans. Clowney will play on a "pitch count," likely in pass-rushing and third-down situations. Good luck with Clowney and J.J. Watt, Zach Mettenberger. Inactive for the...
Oct 26 10:34AM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is likely to play against the Titans, but will be on a... "I thought what he did what he had to do this week," coach Bill O’Brien said. "I think he’s got a good shot to play on Sunday." Clowney has been...
Oct 25 9:13AM Read More

More Team Talk