AP Pro32 ballot from Gosselin
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Rick Gosselin of Dallas Morning News:
RICK GOSSELIN (Dallas Morning News)
3. New England - Patriots still have Belichick and Brady so no matter what else changes, Pats remain Super Bowl contender.
5. Philadelphia - Eagles were only team in NFL to rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense a year ago.
6. New York Giants - September, October, November and December don't seem to matter to Giants. January and February do.
8. Baltimore - Absence of injured LB Terrell Suggs will hurt AFC's best pass rush.
9. San Francisco - Jim Harbaugh worked miracles as rookie coach, but 49ers won't be sneaking up on anyone this season.
11. Pittsburgh - With departure of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, look for Steelers to strike better offensive balance.
15. Denver - Peyton Manning changing horses this fall. After having been shoved off his colt, he climbed aboard a bronco; he's also giving up indoors for great outdoors.
19. Oakland - Carson Palmer had offseason to learn about offense and teammates, knowing, of course, he can always hand off to Darren McFadden. A little dose of defense, and Raiders can contend for playoff spot.
22. Tennessee - Titans invested 2011 first-round pick in QB Jake Locker. Time to start playing him.
23. Washington - Mike Shanahan finally has QB in rookie Robert Griffin III. His style resembles Steve Young and John Elway, who both won Super Bowls with Shanahan calling plays.
25. Arizona - Team's best player is WR Larry Fitzgerald. But he's being held hostage by pedestrian quarterback play.
26. Tampa Bay - If Josh Freeman has bounce-back year, Bucs can bounce back while rebuilding under new coach Greg Schiano.
27. Minnesota - Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen are two of league's best players at their positions. Problem is other 20 spots in starting lineup.
30. Miami - Dolphins drafted QB Ryan Tannehill in first round, but traded away best receiver (Brandon Marshall). Where's the blueprint?
31. Cleveland - Browns will go with rookie quarterback (Brandon Weeden). That spells trouble for Cleveland in division with two of three best defenses and a third in top 10.
32. Indianapolis - Colts also will go with rookie quarterback: Andrew Luck. But this former champion has been gutted and Luck will be running for his life.
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