NEW YORK (AP) -- Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:
CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)
1. New York Giants - Great clutch quarterback, superb pass rush, and motivated to prove they are better than last year's 9-7 regular season.
2. New England - Hard to pick against consistency of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and their defense should be improved.
3. Green Bay - Best team during 2011 regular season, and Aaron Rodgers is special quarterback.
4. San Francisco - Defense will be hard-hitting and solid again, while offense should have more pop.
6. Baltimore - Ravens keep knocking on door, and if defensive stars are healthy in January, they could break through.
7. New Orleans - Yes, bounty scandal will be hard to overcome, but Drew Brees won't let Saints fall that far.
8. Pittsburgh - Advancing age of defense is concern, but Ben Roethlisberger will keep Steelers a playoff team.
9. Detroit - Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson give Lions firepower to score on anyone. Should return to playoffs.
10. Denver - Peyton Manning will bring out best in receivers, and defense gets after quarterbacks.
11. Chicago - Bears will have better luck with injuries, and Brandon Marshall makes passing attack more explosive.
12. Atlanta - We know Falcons can win in regular season. Need to prove they can handle postseason.
13. Philadelphia - Andy Reid teams don't have back-to-back bad years, but Michael Vick's health remains key.
14. Dallas - Secondary is improved, they have playmakers, but still not sold on Cowboys delivering in clutch.
15. Cincinnati - Plenty of young talent led by Andy Dalton, but worried about running game and secondary.
16. San Diego - Philip Rivers should have bounce-back year, but team's Super Bowl window has closed.
17. Buffalo - Really like team's offseason moves, but Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to be more consistent.
18. Carolina - No sophomore slump for Cam Newton. However, Panthers are still at least a year from postseason play.
19. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow dynamic will produce plenty of headlines, but not enough wins.
20. Tennessee - This may be year Jake Locker takes over, but it's not year for Titans to make major move.
21. Kansas City - A healthy Jamaal Charles will improve offense, but Matt Cassel will only take Chiefs so far.
22. Seattle - Even if Matt Flynn is an upgrade at quarterback, offensive line and receivers remain issues.
23. Arizona - Is Kevin Kolb the guy, or John Skelton? We can't be sure that either is good enough.
24. Washington - Robert Griffin III will bring plenty of excitement. Escaping NFC East basement won't be easy.
25. Tampa Bay - Greg Schiano brings new attitude. However, this isn't quick-fix situation.
26. Oakland - Not sure if Darren McFadden can stay healthy. Not sure if Carson Palmer is QB he used to be.
27. Miami - Dolphins hope Ryan Tannehill is their future, but present is about rebuilding.
28. Minnesota - Once again, Jared Allen's sacks total should far exceed Vikings' win total.
29. St. Louis - It will take more than one season for Jeff Fisher to right all that is wrong.
30. Cleveland - Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson will improve offense, just not enough to escape AFC North cellar.
31. Indianapolis - Andrew Luck will become great NFL quarterback, but it will take time for Colts to build a great team.
32. Jacksonville - New owner and a new coach will not equal instant success.
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