- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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

Week 9

IRA KAUFMAN (Tampa Tribune)

1. Atlanta _ Those Matt Ryan MVP chants are getting louder, and with good reason.

2. Houston _ This well-balanced club has the eyes of Texas fixed on a No. 1 playoff seeding.

3. New York Giants _ It’s not always pretty, but the defending champs usually find a winning formula.

4. San Francisco _ The Alex Smith bashers don’t have much to say this week, do they?

5. Chicago _ One day, those weekly defensive touchdowns will cease in the Windy City. One day.

6. New England _ Crossing the Atlantic seems to bring out the best in these Patriots.

7. Green Bay _ Until Greg Jennings returns, this offense will continue to struggle.

8. Denver _ Welcome back, Peyton, to the top rung of the NFL passing ladder.

9. Pittsburgh _ This defense is coming on strong, as Eli Manning is about to discover.

10. Baltimore _ With Ray Lewis sidelined, John Harbaugh is looking for new leaders. Any takers?

11. Miami _ Only the Bears and 49ers have allowed fewer points than the under-the-radar Dolphins.

12. Seattle _ They should improve to 4-0 at home by beating the reeling Vikings.

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