AP Pro32 ballot from Collinsworth

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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Cris Collinsworth of NBC Sports:


1. Green Bay - Dom Capers defense only has to be average to win it all. Missed Nick Collins and Cullen Jenkins.

2. New England - Even Belichick needs talent. First six draft choices all on defense.

3. New York Giants - No surprise that ''Old School'' coaches met in Super Bowl. Discipline wins.

4. Philadelphia - Hot team that nobody wanted to see in playoffs last year. Jason Peters loss a concern.

5. San Francisco - NFL's next Baltimore Ravens on defense. Patrick Willis is next Ray Lewis.

6. Denver - Peyton Manning proved how valuable he is by getting injured.

7. Baltimore - Joe Flacco was brilliant against Patriots in AFC championship game.

8. Pittsburgh - New offensive line is key. When will David DeCastro and Mike Adams get up to speed?

9. Houston - Wade Phillips is magician with that defense. Johnathan Joseph was key.

10. New Orleans - Drew Brees so good he overcomes mess with Saints.

11. Chicago - Before Jay Cutler's injury, Bears were dangerous; now add Brandon Marshall.

12. Dallas - Rob Ryan's defense too exotic to play without cornerbacks. Now he has them.

13. San Diego - Ryan Mathews must take pressure off Phillip Rivers. Too many turnovers.

14. New York Jets - Great defense with sideshow on offense. Who knows how this plays out?

15. Atlanta - Mike Nolan and Dirk Koetter are new coordinators. Will it take time?

16. Detroit - Great young talent. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson hard to stop.

17. Cincinnati - Marvin Lewis made playoffs with rookie QB, WR, and offensive coordinator.

18. Seattle - Rookie Bruce Irvin has to take pressure off Chris Clemons on pass rush.

19. Carolina - Cam Newton was stunning last year. Defense needs help.

20. Kansas City - If Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, and Tony Moeaki are healthy, look out.

21. Buffalo - Could be dominant defensive line with Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus.

22. Tampa Bay - Greg Schiano reminds me of coaches on the top of this list.

23. Tennessee - Impressive weapons for either QB.

24. Arizona - Kevin Kolb with an offseason, and Michael Floyd added to lineup.

25. Oakland - Darren McFadden is superstar and Carson Palmer has time to learn new offense.

26. Miami - QBs and receivers are questions, defense solid.

27. Minnesota - Jared Allen's incredible year lost on poor season in killer division.

28. Washington - RG3 in Shanahan's bootleg system feels like great fit, but it's early.

29. Cleveland - Trent Richardson is tough, but Brandon Weeden will have his hands full in difficult division.

30. Jacksonville - Mike Mularkey will establish MJD like he did Michael Turner and then play action with Blaine Gabbert, who could surprise.

31. St. Louis - Jeff Fisher, healthy Sam Bradford, and Chris Long coming off big year . . . surprise team?

32. Indianapolis - Even Peyton Manning struggled his rookie year. Andrew Luck will be great eventually.


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