|Published:||Sep 04, 2012 6:05 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 05, 2012 6:31 AM EDT|
NEW YORK (AP) - Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:
CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)
1. New York Giants - Rookie running back David Wilson looks like he will have instant impact. Team can score, and can rush passer. A great combination.
2. Houston Texans - With healthy Matt Schaub, Texans head into season as AFC's most complete team. No doubt they are best in Texas.
3. Green Bay Packers - Losing LB Desmond Bishop is problem for defense. Adding Cedric Benson gives explosive offense more balance.
4. New England Patriots - Can never be overlooked. However, offensive line issues may mess up Super Bowl plans, along with Brady's hair.
5. Baltimore Ravens - Joe Flacco looks terrific; using more no-huddle gives offense more pizazz. Even if defense slips, they'll reach double figures in wins.
6. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees makes sure offense clicks no matter who's coaching. Still team to beat in NFC South.
7. San Francisco 49ers - Adding Randy Moss looks sexy - this team needs more big plays. It'll be hard for superb defense to carry 49ers to Super Bowl.
8. Detroit Lions - Calvin Johnson wants to top 100 yards receiving every week. He's good enough to set bar that high.
9. Denver Broncos - Seeing Peyton Manning in orange jersey looks strange. Watching him throw TD passes looks familiar. AFC West favorites.
10. Chicago Bears - Brian Urlacher's knee a concern, but additions of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey give offense new-and-improved flair.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers - David DeCastro's injury not good news for offensive line. Even with Mike Wallace's return, so much of team's fate rides on Roethlisberger.
12. Atlanta Falcons - Julio Jones looks poised for breakout season. Showdowns with Saints likely determine who wins NFC South.
13. Philadelphia Eagles - Nick Foles looked good during preseason. Team still goes as Michael Vick goes, and he goes down too often.
14. Cincinnati Bengals - Intriguing team, but 0-7 against teams that made playoffs last season.
15. Dallas Cowboys - Even if Dez Bryant avoids trouble, playoff hopes in trouble if they don't keep pass rushers away from Tony Romo.
16. San Diego Chargers - Norv Turner was given another chance. Will likely be his last if Chargers don't make playoffs.
17. Buffalo Bills - Hate to call Week 1 game pivotal, but knocking off Jets would be sign Bills are second best in AFC East.
18. Carolina Panthers - No matter how Cam Newton plays, I don't see enough improvement on defense for team to overtake Saints or Falcons in NFC South.
19. Seattle Seahawks - If Russell Wilson is as ready as he looks, this team will be better than expected.
20. Tennessee Titans - Last year they went 9-7, but were largely overlooked outside Nashville. I see a similar scenario in 2012.
21. Kansas City Chiefs - They open with Falcons, Bills, Saints, Chargers, Ravens. Will find out about themselves quickly.
22. New York Jets - Not enough playmakers to think offensive issues won't continue during regular season.
23. Arizona Cardinals - John Skelton winning starting job does not solve quarterback problems.
24. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III makes team more fun to watch, but don't expect win total to soar dramatically.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Until Josh Freeman shows more consistency, it's difficult to rate them any higher.
26. Miami Dolphins - Joe Philbin has hands full, grooming Ryan Tannehill, and dealing with veterans who want to win now.
27. Minnesota Vikings - Even if Adrian Peterson returns healthy and productive, they are way behind in NFC North.
28. Oakland Raiders - Dennis Allen hopes he lasts longer than recent predecessors as coach.
29. St. Louis Rams - Will see if Jeff Fisher was right to trust Sam Bradford as quarterback to build around.
30. Indianapolis Colts - Easy to fall in love with Andrew Luck. Will take longer to fall in love with supporting cast.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars - At least Blaine Gabbert looks like he's making progress, Maurice Jones-Drew is back, and Justin Blackmon looks like real deal.
32. Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden will struggle at times. Team will struggle most of time.
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