AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 04, 2012
Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Dan Pompei of Chicago Tribune: DAN POMPEI (Chicago Tribune) 1. Green Bay Packers - Addition of Cedric Benson could give Packers dimension they lacked. 2. New York Giants - A little beat up at cornerback, but pass rush should be able to compensate while they get healthy. 3. New England Patriots - Questions about running game have not been cleared up heading into season, but still one fine football team. 4. Baltimore Ravens - Offense should be better than ever, but Ravens still need to figure out how to replace Terrell Suggs. 5. San Francisco 49ers - Team so solid all-around that it's difficult to envision them not being highly competitive. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers - Losing Dave DeCastro was blow for Steelers, but they've dealt with offensive line injuries well in past. 7. Houston Texans - Everyone expects them to be good. But with a little luck, they can be better than that. 8. Chicago Bears - Team needs Brian Urlacher not only to be on field, but also to be playing like he did in 2011. 9. Kansas City Chiefs - The more you see of this team, the more you like it. 10. Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford and Lions receivers might be able to pass for 800 yards against Lions secondary, which is both comforting and disturbing to Lions fans. 11. Atlanta Falcons - Team has flown way under radar through camp and preseason, but that might not last long. 12. New Orleans Saints - With Will Smith suspended four games and Aaron Kromer feeling his way as interim head coach, Saints could get off to rocky start. 13. Philadelphia Eagles - Heat is on Andy Reid, but he usually responds pretty well in such situations. 14. Cincinnati Bengals - Would have been nice if another receiver had stepped up in camp other than A.J. Green, but this still is a pretty good team. 15. Denver Broncos - Now that we can be reasonably sure Peyton Manning can still tear heart out of a defense, there's good reason to believe in this team. 16. San Diego Chargers - They have had some tough injuries early, but can get through them if defense plays as well as it can. 17. Carolina Panthers - Panthers offense starting to look like it can be very scary for opposing defenses. 18. Oakland Raiders - Might take some time for Dennis Allen's program to start hitting on all cylinders, but there is some talent here. 19. Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker has looked good so far - let's see if he can keep it up when games mean something. 20. Dallas Cowboys - Tony Romo could be in for a big season if his offensive line can keep him upright. 21. New York Jets - Looks like defense is going to have to be awfully good to offset shortcomings of offense. 22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Will go as far as Josh Freeman takes them. Questions remain whether or not he can recapture his 2010 form. 23. Seattle Seahawks - They are taking gamble on Russell Wilson, but they still can turn to Matt Flynn if Wilson struggles. 24. Indianapolis Colts - No question Colts can be better than initial projections. Andrew Luck is ready now. 25. Washington Redskins - RGIII looks like he's ready to make plays, but he might not have enough help around him. 26. Arizona Cardinals - With John Skelton starting at QB, the Cardinals' ceiling may be limited. 27. Buffalo Bills - Remains to be seen if Mario Williams can be Reggie White II. Bills need to pick it up on offense to give Williams pass rush chances. 28. St. Louis Rams - Early line on Rams: better, but not yet where they want to be. 29. Minnesota Vikings - Christian Ponder needs to have Adrian Peterson healthy and running hard. 30. Jacksonville Jaguars - Maurice Jones-Drew came back in nick of time, but this team still has some issues. 31. Cleveland Browns - Lots of inexperience on Browns roster, and that could make for a long season. 32. Miami Dolphins - Trading Vontae Davis and starting Ryan Tannehill tells you about the direction of this team. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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