Published: Sep 04, 2012 6:10 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 05, 2012 6:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Chris Berman of ESPN:


1. New York Giants - After all, they are defending champs.

2. New England Patriots - After all, Patriots are defending AFC champs.

3. Green Bay Packers - After all, Packers had best record last year.

4. Baltimore Ravens - After all, Ravens should have been in Super Bowl.

5. San Francisco 49ers - After all, 49ers could have easily been in Super Bowl.

6. Philadelphia Eagles - This is Eagles' season to dream.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers - Even Steelers fell under Tebow's spell.

8. Detroit Lions - Lions learned how to win - can they do it when everyone's looking?

9. New Orleans Saints - Brees is 70 percent passer even with me coaching.

10. Denver Broncos - I heard Broncos acquired Peyton Manning.

11. Chicago Bears - Bears were rolling until offensive injuries.

12. Houston Texans - Raised eyebrows despite all the injuries.

13. Atlanta Falcons - Must figure out playoffs are different than regular season.

14. Buffalo Bills - Most excitement in Western New York in offseason in years.

15. New York Jets - Beauty of Week 1; either 0-4 Jets or 0-4 Bills will be 1-0 and quiet folks down.

16. San Diego Chargers - First time in decade Bolts won't be favored in AFC West; could help.

17. Cincinnati Bengals - Bengals won all the games they should have.

18. Dallas Cowboys - Romo not the problem: How about protecting lead?

19. Tennessee Titans - Hope that Locker watching Hasselbeck will work like Rodgers watching Favre.

20. Seattle Seahawks - 4-0 preseason with young, eager team always a good sign.

21. Kansas City Chiefs - Healthy now, maybe 2010 wasn't fluke.

22. Oakland Raiders - Everything is new for Silver & Black; anything is possible in this division.

23. Carolina Panthers - Year 2 of Cam Newton like looking forward to Christmas.

24. Washington Redskins - RG3 provides hope and excitement.

25. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson should solve lots of problems.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Josh Freeman is man on mission.

27. Arizona Cardinals - Finished strong. Maybe Patrick Peterson can return six punts for TDs.

28. Miami Dolphins - New school of fish.

29. Indianapolis Colts - Luck looks ready.

30. Minnesota Vikings - Thank goodness Adrian Peterson appears to be a fast healer.

31. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher didn't take this job to fail.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - Showdowns with Colts won't be for division title.


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