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AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 5:53pm  ET

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

Week 13

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. New England Patriots -- Offense is lethal, with Tom Brady having an MVP caliber season.

2. San Francisco 49ers -- Defense is dynamite, and Colin Kaepernick adds new dimension.

3. Denver Broncos -- If Knowshon Moreno is consistent, that will be a huge lift for the offense.

4. New York Giants -- Tough opponents still bring out their best. That's a good sign.

5. Chicago Bears -- Without Jay Cutler, they are nothing special. With him, they could be.

6. Houston Texans -- Their defense looks more vulnerable, but Matt Schaub is on a roll.

7. Baltimore Ravens -- When you don't play well and win, that's the sign of a good team.

8. Atlanta Falcons -- Better to have 10 wins and skeptics, than fewer wins and more praise.

9. Cincinnati Bengals -- Playing best football right now, which could lead to playoff berth.

10. New Orleans Saints -- Loss to 49ers hurt. Could be the best team that misses the playoffs.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Their effort is consistent, and their wild card hopes remain alive.

12. Washington Redskins -- RG3 vs. Giants should make for an electric Monday night.

13. Green Bay Packers -- They have to protect Aaron Rodgers better to reach the Super Bowl.

14. Indianapolis Colts -- With each victory, an improbable playoff season appears likely.

15. Seattle Seahawks -- Their struggles on the road could cost them a wild card spot.

16. Dallas Cowboys -- Capable of teasing you, but they are incapable of playing consistently.

17. San Diego Chargers -- Losses that should have been wins -- an old story for Norv Turner.

18. Detroit Lions -- Ndamukong Suh continues to make more controversy than big plays.

19. Carolina Panthers -- Maybe Cam Newton's feel-good night vs. Eagles will spark him.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Seems like half the team is injured. They need Big Ben -- badly.

21. Cleveland Browns -- This team is playing hard for Pat Shurmur. That could save him.

22. Miami Dolphins -- Ryan Tannehill is tough and talented, which bodes well for future.

23. St. Louis Rams -- Making strides under Jeff Fisher, and Steven Jackson is still solid back.

24. Minnesota Vikings -- After a strong start, this team looks vulnerable to a late-season slide.

25. Buffalo Bills -- Play-calling, defense, turnovers -- something always seems to be amiss.

26. New York Jets -- Thanksgiving exposed the Jets as pretenders not contenders.

27. Arizona Cardinals -- Their quarterback situation is sad, and there may not be a quick fix.

28. Philadelphia Eagles -- A team playing out the season -- poorly. Defense is simply horrible.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Chad Henne makes their offense more effective and explosive.

30. Tennessee Titans -- Firing Chris Palmer can't solve all this team's offensive problems.

31. Oakland Raiders -- The Raiders are yielding 42.2 points per game since Week 9.

32. Kansas City Chiefs -- The Chiefs have not reached 20 points in a game since September.

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