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. New England: How do you spell domination? Outscoring opponents by 15 points per game.
2. Denver: Amid all the Manning chatter, no AFC defense has allowed fewer points.
3. San Francisco: Going for a 4-0 sweep of the AFC at Foxborough Sunday night.
4. Houston: A suddenly suspect defense needs to put away the pesky Colts.
5. Atlanta: For the first time this season, they weren't ready to play in Charlotte.
6. Green Bay: They're getting healthy and scary at the right time.
7. New York Giants: David Wilson's bust-out game was a sight to behold.
8. Seattle: Nobody's more physical on both sides of the ball than Pete Carroll's marauders.
9. Baltimore: Ray Lewis can't return fast enough to stop the bleeding.
10. Indianapolis: If Andrew Luck departs Houston a winner, the Rookie of the Year award is his.
11. Chicago: At this rate, they'll be fortunate to grab an NFC wild-card slot.
12. Washington: Kirk Cousins to the rescue, and he may not be done yet.
13. Dallas: They showed heart and resolve, ingredients that had been in short supply.
14. Minnesota: Adrian Peterson wants the NFL rushing record … who's going to stop him?
15. Cincinnati: A resurgent defense took a big step backwards against the Cowboys.
16. Pittsburgh: Middle of the pack seems about right for these aging warriors.
17. St. Louis: Young team hanging around the fringes of the NFC playoff picture.
18. Tampa Bay: Opponents averaging 8.14 yards per pass attempt. Ugh.
19. San Diego: For one afternoon in Pittsburgh, they looked like a playoff team.
20. New York Jets: No margin for error, and they make a lot of 'em.
21. New Orleans: If Drew Brees threw against his own defense, records would fall.
22. Miami: In the Year of the Rookie Quarterback, Ryan Tannehill is but an afterthought.
23. Detroit: The only NFC club without a division win literally has no defense for a 4-9 debacle.
24. Cleveland: Since October, the Browns have been no easy mark.
25. Buffalo: This high-priced defense has some talent, but no character.
26. Carolina: They just took out a season's worth of frustrations on the Falcons.
27. Philadelphia: In the midst of a lost year, they may have found their quarterback.
28. Tennessee: Chris Johnson will be geared up for a rare Monday night appearance.
29. Jacksonville: Chad Henne may be a decent backup, but he's not the guy.
30. Arizona: Kurt Warner's not coming back, folks. Move on.
31. Oakland: Remember when Chiefs-Raiders used to mean something?
32. Kansas City: A loyal fan base demands a shakeup and Clark Hunt feels their pain.