AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman

AP Pro32 ballot from Kaufman
December 4, 2012, 4:09 pm
Share This Post

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Ira Kaufman of Tampa Tribune:

Week 14

IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)

1. Houston Texans - Riding a 15-1 streak, Matt Schaub may be the NFL's most disrespected quarterback.

2. Atlanta Falcons - Everyone keeps looking for cracks, but they keep winning the close ones.

3. New England Patriots - When the Pats don't score 40 points, Boston residents lower their flags.

4. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning: As good as he ever was, maybe as good as there's ever been.

5. San Francisco 49ers - Anytime Frank Gore is contained, this offense struggles.

6. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford might combine for 900 yards passing at Lambeau.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Ray Rice wants the football - oblige your best player.

8. New York Giants - A 1-3 slump has opened the door to the NFC East crown.

9. Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson's late comebacks are becoming must-see TV.

10. Chicago Bears - A swarming defense just disappeared in crunch time.

11. Indianapolis Colts - Why stop at Rookie of the Year? Andrew Luck is a viable MVP candidate.

12. Cincinnati Bengals - With an October lull well behind them, the Bengals are on a serious playoff surge.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers - They likely salvaged their season in an unlikely venue - Baltimore.

14. Washington Redskins - Fiscal cliffs aside, the buzz has returned to the nation's capital.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Back-to-back losses to division leaders leaves them at the NFL crossroads.

16. Dallas Cowboys - There's no margin for error heading to Cincinnati.

17. St. Louis Rams - Outplaying the 49ers twice is no small feat.

18. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees can handle a pass rush, but not this kind of pressure.

19. Minnesota Vikings - A slow fade into the Minnesota tundra.

20. Miami Dolphins - Just not enough offense to beat the big boys.

21. Detroit Lions - It's time to shop around for a new defense in Motown.

22. Cleveland Browns - They've been quite competitive for the past two months.

23. Buffalo Bills - A heck of a ground game has largely gone to waste.

24. San Diego Chargers - It's all over for Norv Turner, and you can tell he knows it.

25. New York Jets - They finally met a team with even more troubling QB issues.

26. Tennessee Titans - Coughing up 30 points per game is no formula for success.

27. Philadelphia Eagles - One of the league's most stable organizations is in disarray.

28. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton will learn from this and come back stronger in 2013.

29. Arizona Cardinals - If only Larry Fitzgerald felt free to speak his mind about this debacle.

30. Kansas City Chiefs - Out of unspeakable tragedy, the Chiefs bonded together.

31. Oakland Raiders - The NFL's worst point differential resides in the East Bay.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - A new owner faces the same old problem ... not enough weapons.

---

Online:

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

http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Texans - Team News
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to HoustonTexans.com, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7. The Texans listed Hopkins on the injury report, but his status was never in doubt. He'll be a WR3 for Monday night against the Steelers.
Oct 18 2:54PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (groin) is probable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. Foster was limited on Thursday, but practiced in full the last two days. He should have another heavy workload against a Steelers defense that's allowing 4.4 yards per carry...
Oct 18 2:48PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was upgraded to full in Saturday's practice and is listed as probable for... Johnson is good to go for Monday night's matchup with the Steelers. He's Rotoworld's No. 15 receiver this week.
Oct 18 2:39PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against... Clowney got in two limited practices this week, but said he still "can't run laterally." He could be held out in an attempt to get fully healthy for Week 8. If...
Oct 18 2:20PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) returned to practice Friday. It was Clowney's first practice since undergoing knee surgery in Week 1. He's expected to be a game-time decision for Monday night. Clowney will likely be on a limited snap...
Oct 17 6:08PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (groin) was upgraded to full in Friday's practice. Foster suffered a groin injury in last Thursday's loss to the Colts, but his Week 7 status isn't in doubt. He should be fine for Monday night against the Steelers.
Oct 17 6:02PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Friday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's practice reps, but he's expected to play on Monday night. Johnson is Rotoworld's No. 15 receiver this week.
Oct 17 5:53PM Read More