This season, The Associated Press launched a weekly poll focused on NFL teams. Called AP Pro32, the AP ranks each of the NFL's 32 teams based on balloting from a panel of national media members who cover the league and its teams. The poll is similar to the AP Top 25, the 75-year-old poll that ranks the nation's top college football teams. The Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman is among the voters. Here is his ballot for this week.
1. Houston: Riding a 15-1 streak, Matt Schaub may be the NFL's most disrespected quarterback.
2. Atlanta: Everyone keeps looking for cracks, but they keep winning the close ones.
3. New England: When the Pats don't score 40 points, Boston residents lower their flags.
4. Denver: Peyton Manning: As good as he ever was, maybe as good as there's ever been.
5. San Francisco: Anytime Frank Gore is contained, this offense struggles.
6. Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford might combine for 900 passing yards at Lambeau.
7. Baltimore: Ray Rice wants the football … oblige your best player.
8. New York Giants: A 1-3 slump has opened the door to the NFC East crown.
9. Seattle: Russell Wilson's late comebacks are becoming must-see TV.
10. Chicago: A swarming defense just disappeared in crunch time.
11. Indianapolis: Why stop at Rookie of the Year? Andrew Luck is a viable MVP candidate.
12. Cincinnati: With an October lull well behind them, the Bengals are on a serious playoff surge.
13. Pittsburgh: They likely salvaged their season in an unlikely venue - Baltimore.
14. Washington: Fiscal cliffs aside, the buzz has returned to the nation's capital.
15. Tampa Bay: Back-to-back losses to division leaders leaves them at the NFL crossroads.
16. Dallas: There's no margin for error heading to Cincinnati.
17. St. Louis: Outplaying the 49ers twice is no small feat.
18. New Orleans: Drew Brees can handle a pass rush, but not this kind of pressure.
19. Minnesota: A slow fade into the Minnesota tundra.
20. Miami: Just not enough offense to beat the big boys.
21. Detroit: It's time to shop around for a new defense in Motown.
22. Cleveland: They've been quite competitive for the past two months.
23. Buffalo: A heck of a ground game has largely gone to waste.
24. San Diego: It's all over for Norv Turner, and you can tell he knows it.
25. New York Jets: They finally met a team with even more troubling QB issues.
26. Tennessee: Coughing up 30 points per game is no formula for success.
27. Philadelphia: One of the league's most stable organizations is in disarray.
28. Carolina: Cam Newton will learn from this and come back stronger in 2013.
29. Arizona: If only Larry Fitzgerald felt free to speak his mind about this debacle.
30. Kansas City: Out of unspeakable tragedy, the Chiefs bonded together.
31. Oakland: The NFL's worst point differential resides in the East Bay.
32. Jacksonville: A new owner faces the same old problem … not enough weapons.