Each week, 12 media members - including the Tribune's Ira Kaufman - rank teams in what is known as the Associated Press Pro32 Power rankings. Here is Kaufman's ballot.
1. Denver - A trip to Peyton's Place should bring out the best in Mr. Manning.
2. Seattle - No team craves postseason home-field advantage more than the Seahawks.
3. New England - You can't give Tom Brady that many cracks at another late comeback.
4. New Orleans - Needed one more stop at Foxborough.
5. Kansas City - On pace for a staggering 80 sacks.
6. San Francisco - TE Vernon Davis is the definition of a matchup nightmare.
7. Indianapolis - Didn't match San Diego's physicality and paid the price.
8. Cincinnati - Stellar DTs Geno Atkins and Ndamukong Suh will be on display in Motown.
9. Green Bay - Plenty of run support to complement Aaron Rodgers.
10. Baltimore - It looks like Ray Rice has hit the RB wall.
11. Dallas - The absence of DeMarcus Ware is a devastating blow.
12. Detroit - Reggie Bush has been quite a catalyst.
13. Chicago - Only the Chiefs have forced more turnovers.
14. Miami Dolphins - can't afford to trip up against Buffalo in their division opener.
15. San Diego - Nobody saw that defensive effort coming against the Colts.
16. Philadelphia - LeSean McCoy and Chip Kelly form a perfect football marriage.
17. St. Louis - These guys can rush the passer with the best of 'em ...
18. Carolina - ... as Cam Newton is about to find out.
19. Arizona - Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer are starting to click.
20. Cleveland - An NFL feel-good story turned somber late against the Lions.
21. Tennessee - Surprisingly competitive through six weeks.
22. Atlanta - TE Tony Gonzalez isn't going anywhere, except to the Hall of Fame.
23. N.Y. Jets - Geno Smith's rookie inconsistency can be maddening.
24. Buffalo - In his second NFL start, Thad Lewis gave Bills fans something to talk about.
25. Oakland - Terrelle Pryor served as a human piñata against Kansas City.
26. Minnesota - Jared Allen and his defensive cohorts are off to a sluggish start.
27. Pittsburgh - Win or lose, Tomlin's wild bunch will play some serious defense.
28. Washington - Couldn't overcome a special teams debacle in Big D.
29. Houston - Too many giveaways, not enough takeaways.
30. N.Y. Giants - Speaking of turnovers, Coughlin's crew has no peer.
31. Tampa Bay - Can the Bucs stay focused amid all the carnage?
32. Jacksonville - Nobody ever questioned Justin Blackmon's talent.