- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News:

Week 9

RICK GOSSELIN (Dallas Morning News)

1. Atlanta _ The Falcons are already in the house with a perfect 4-0 record against the AFC.

2. Houston _ The Texans have one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks with Arian Foster but have lost only one fumble all season. Houston has committed a league-low six turnovers.

3. San Francisco _ The 49ers have held four of their last five opponents without a touchdown.

4. New York Giants _ The Giants lead the NFL with 24 takeaways, including a league-best 16 interceptions. New York intercepted only 20 passes all of last season on the way to an NFL title.

5. Chicago _ The addition of Brandon Marshall hasn’t given quarterback Jay Cutler or the offense the jump the Bears had hoped. Chicago ranks 30th in the NFL in passing this season.

6. Baltimore _ The Ravens offense is controlling the ball for barely 26 minutes per game. That puts too much pressure on a Ray Lewis-less defense.

7. New England _ The Patriots are one of four teams with byes this week along with the Jets, 49ers and Rams.

8. Green Bay _ The Packers lead the NFL with 26 sacks.

9. Denver _ The top 10 defense of the Broncos has taken a hit with the loss of middle linebacker Joe Mays with a fractured leg.

10. Pittsburgh _ Let’s hope the Steelers retire the throwback uniforms they wore last weekend. Those were throwaway uniforms, a poor use of stripes.

11. Minnesota _ Unheralded outside linebacker Chad Greenway of the Vikings leads the NFL in tackles with 81.

12. Miami _ With a new coach and a new quarterback, the Dolphins have emerged as a wild-card playoff contender.

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