Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com:
ALEX MARVEZ (Foxsports.com)
1. Houston Texans - Don't stop at NFL Defensive Player of the Year consideration for pass-rushing demon J.J. Watt. At this rate, he should garner legitimate consideration to become the first defensive player to win Most Valuable Player honors since Lawrence Taylor in 1986.
2. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons have now opened 3-0 on the road for the first time since Mike Smith became head coach in 2008.
3. San Francisco 49ers - Call them the 79ers. San Francisco thrashed Buffalo and the New York Jets by a 79-3 margin the past two weeks.
4. Chicago Bears - Jay Cutler and his Bears are truly smoking.
5. Baltimore Ravens - A 4-1 start is impressive, but a 9-6 win over lowly Kansas City is further proof the Ravens must become a better road team to claim home-field advantage in the playoffs.
6. New England Patriots - Tom Brady a game-manager? The future Hall of Fame quarterback won't complain after another dominating performance by New England's running game in a 31-21 triumph over Denver.
7. Minnesota Vikings - The end of quarterback Christian Ponder's 145-pass streak without an interception was the only bummer for Minnesota in a 30-7 thrashing of Tennessee.
8. New York Giants - After a rough start, the Giants avoided a "trap game" loss to Cleveland thanks to impressive performances by Ahmad Bradshaw, Victor Cruz and Peyton Manning.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers - It took just one game, a 16-14 squeaker over Philadelphia, for a now-healthy Rashard Mendenhall to become Pittsburgh's rushing leader.
10. Philadelphia Eagles - Some weeks, the Eagles are good enough to overcome Michael Vick's disturbing penchant for turnovers. A 16-14 loss to Pittsburgh marred by two Vick fumbles wasn't one of those occasions.
11. St. Louis Rams - The Rams are finally above .500 for the first time since 2006. The next step toward respectability is staying there after playing Sunday at Miami.
12. San Diego Chargers - Of Norv Turner's 33 losses as San Diego's head coach, allowing 17 unanswered points in the final 15:11 of a 31-24 defeat in New Orleans must rank among the most painful.
13. Cincinnati Bengals - From Marvin Lewis' misguided kicking decisions in the fourth quarter to a poor game by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals were outplayed and outcoached in a 17-13 home loss to Miami.
14. Arizona Cardinals - Not only have the Cardinals fallen from the ranks of the unbeaten, more losses may be on the way because of offensive woes that include the season-ending loss of running back Ryan Williams (shoulder).
15. Seattle Seahawks - One of the things I didn't expect last Sunday - Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson outperforming Carolina's Cam Newton in a 16-12 road win.
16. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning has completed 61 of 82 passes for six touchdowns and no interceptions over the past two games. But even if he remains red hot, the Broncos won't be getting to the playoffs if they keep staking huge early leads to the opposition like in last Sunday's 31-21 loss at New England.
17. Washington Redskins - All three Redskins losses have come by seven points or less, including last Sunday's 24-17 home defeat against Atlanta.
18. Dallas Cowboys - If they didn't refocus during the bye week, the Cowboys are in big trouble starting with Sunday's game at Baltimore.
19. Green Bay Packers - Following a second-half collapse last Sunday at Indianapolis, the Packers are now 4-5 in their last nine games dating back to 2011.
20. Miami Dolphins - Is this really the same team that looked so pathetic during the preseason on Hard Knocks? It sure didn't look like it in Sunday's 17-13 win over Cincinnati.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - After a 1-3 start, Bucs fans must hope that Greg Schiano was coaching more than ways to attack the "victory formation" during the team's bye week.
22. Indianapolis Colts - (hashtag)chuckstrong.
23. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton is a deserving scapegoat for a 1-4 record, but the problems run deeper. Tennessee (74.6) and Oakland (71.5) are the only other teams allowing opponents to complete a higher percentage of passes than Carolina (68.0).
24. Detroit Lions - The Lions had better be ready to roar coming out of the bye. Detroit's next two games are at Philadelphia and Chicago before Seattle rolls into the Motor City.
25. Oakland Raiders - Although they've gotten outscored by nearly double (125 to 67), the Raiders are still very much alive in the AFC West race with San Diego and Denver losing last weekend.
26. New York Jets - The Jets showed plenty of heart in a 23-17 loss to Houston. They just don't have the talent with so many injuries.
27. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees was happy that the NFL allowed Sean Payton to attend last Sunday's 31-24 victory over San Diego. The problem: Payton's suspension has resumed as New Orleans readies for a two-game road trip to Tampa Bay and Denver.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars - Meet the new Jags. Same as the 2011 Jags.
29. Kansas City Chiefs - If the Chiefs showed as much anger on the field as right tackle Eric Winston did in his postgame defense of concussed quarterback Matt Cassel, Kansas City wouldn't be in the AFC West basement at 1-4.
30. Buffalo Bills - The Bills have gotten outscored 83-24 and outgained 979 to 401 in the past six quarters.
31. Tennessee Titans - Foundering running back Chris Johnson isn't the only one who should be feeling the heat for a 1-4 record.
32. Cleveland Browns - Three rookies - running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Josh Gordon - all look like they should have bright futures for the Browns. But at 0-5, the front office and coaches who drafted these players may be headed out the door in 2013 under new team ownership unless there's a significant turnaround.