Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Dan Pompei of Chicago Tribune:
DAN POMPEI (Chicago Tribune)
1. San Francisco 49ers - People don't want to believe this team can be this good with Alex Smith at quarterback. Believe it.
2. New England Patriots - This is what you call an overpowering offense.
5. Atlanta Falcons - Losing Brent Grimes is a big blow, but this offense might be able to compensate.
6. Houston Texans - They did what they were supposed to do Sunday.
7. Chicago Bears - Could they be better than we thought? Tough to tell off their game against the Colts.
9. Dallas Cowboys - As long as the Giants' game wasn't their Super Bowl, the Cowboys could build some momentum now.
10. New York Giants - It wouldn't be a season if the Giants didn't dig themselves a hole.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers - The new offense still might be feeling its way, but this is a good football team.
12. Detroit Lions - They are a better team than they showed in a close call against the Rams.
13. Washington Redskins - Let's wait a couple weeks before we present them with the Lombardi Trophy.
14. New Orleans Saints - That ringing phone you heard was Sean Payton's agent calling asking for a raise when he comes back.
15. Kansas City Chiefs - Losing to the Falcons in Atlanta was not as disturbing as the way in which the Chiefs lost.
17. New York Jets - Bart Scott may call for a mutiny of the AP32 power rankings.
18. Philadelphia Eagles - Teams that are budding dynasties should not by squeaking out wins over the likes of the Browns.
19. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals still may be a good team, but it already seems pretty clear they aren't the best in the AFC North.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Who knew the Bucs could play defense like they did Sunday?
21. Carolina Panthers - They can blame it on the Democrats, who took over the Panthers' stadium and forced them to train in Florida the week before the game.
22. Oakland Raiders - You can have elite playmakers at various positions, but it you don't have a healthy, able long snapper you still can't win.
23. Tennessee Titans - There is no shame in losing to the Patriots. But there is shame in losing 34-13.
24. Minnesota Vikings - Welcome back, Adrian Peterson. The Vikings shouldn't be pushovers with him in the lineup.
25. Arizona Cardinals - Cardinals now have won eight of their last 10. Reality introduces itself to the Cardinals Sunday in New England.
26. Seattle Seahawks - If Seahawks could not beat the Cardinals, how can they beat the Cowboys and Packers? This team could be headed for 0-3.
27. St. Louis Rams - Rams scored their first moral victory in what may be a season of many moral victories.
28. Cleveland Browns - Browns were close against the Eagles, but the sport they are playing is not horseshoes.
29. Indianapolis Colts - Colts will be better in November than September if they stay healthy.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jaguars found a way to lose in Minnesota, and they have to make sure that does not become habitual.
31. Buffalo Bills - Based on the first game, it's going to be a long, cold winter in Buffalo.
32. Miami Dolphins - Nowhere to go but up for the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill.