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Ira Kaufman's AP Pro32 NFL ballot

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM

1. New England — Brady Bunch is back, hungrier than ever.

2. Green Bay — Under Mike McCarthy, Packers play smart, precise football.

3. Houston — Wade Phillips has worked wonders with this defense.

4. San Francisco — Nasty and physical on both sides of ball.

5. New York Giants — Defending champs always mount sturdy pass rush.

6. Pittsburgh — If Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy, look out.

7. Denver — Keeping Peyton Manning upright is Job 1.

8. Baltimore — Time running out for Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

9. Dallas — Do Cowboys have what it takes to win in crunch time?

10. New York Jets — Tim Tebow will either push Mark Sanchez or replace him.

11. Atlanta — That seat under Mike Smith is getting a little toasty.

12. Detroit — Spent much of the offseason filling police blotters.

13. San Diego — Vincent Jackson and Kris Dielman represent key departures.

14. Carolina — Blessed with powerful line in front of dynamic Cam Newton.

15. Kansas City — This young defense has a chance to be special.

16. New Orleans — Absence of Sean Payton and Carl Nicks cripples record-setting attack.

17. Philadelphia — Only club in top 10 on each side of ball last season.

18. Chicago — Healthy Jay Cutler is key to NFC wild-card run.

19. Cincinnati — Passing tandem of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green will only get better.

20. Washington — Robert Griffin III will outshine fellow rookie Andrew Luck.

21. Tennessee — Time of possession was major problem in 2011.

22. Miami — Drab offense continues to torment Dolphins fans.

23. Buffalo — Addition of Mario Williams keeps hope alive in Western New York.

24. Arizona — Tough to beat when Cardinals don't beat themselves.

25. Seattle — Pete Carroll quietly building depth in Pacific Northwest.

26. Tampa Bay — Could feature eight new starters under first-year coach Greg Schiano.

27. Cleveland — Don't be shocked if Trent Richardson runs for 1,500 yards.

28. St. Louis — Jeff Fisher brings respectability to sideline.

29. Oakland — Late Al Davis wouldn't recognize this overhauled roster.

30. Minnesota — Double trouble: trapped in tough division with erratic passing game.

31. Indianapolis — Rebuilding intensifies for franchise used to contending for titles.

32. Jacksonville — Without Maurice Jones-Drew, this punchless club would go 0-16.

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