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Ira Kaufman's Week 8 NFL power rankings


Published:   |   Updated: October 30, 2013 at 07:13 AM


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.

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. Seattle - This is the best secondary the NFL has seen in a long time.

2. Denver - When you average 43 points per game, the warts don't show.

3. New Orleans - Big props to new coordinator Rob Ryan for solving chronic defensive woes.

4. Kansas City - Halfway to perfection, yet nagging concerns linger on offense.

5. Indianapolis - Robert Mathis is flourishing out of Dwight Freeney's shadow.

6. San Francisco - Staying on Seattle's tail until they meet again.

7. Cincinnati - Jay Gruden will be a hot head coaching property in January.

8. Green Bay - Defense and running game are starting to contribute.

9. New England - Losing starters left and right, but somehow holding firm.

10. Detroit - Sorry, Dez, Calvin Johnson is just better. Live with it.

11. Carolina - This defense is for real ... just ask the Bucs.

12. Dallas - This defense is a mirage.

13. Chicago - Can they pull off a shocker at Lambeau Field?

14. San Diego - On the playoff pole position for an AFC wild-card spot.

15. Baltimore - They're close, but they're not there yet.

16. Arizona - They can beat anyone ... at home.

17. N.Y. Jets - Living with a rookie QB can be exasperating.

18. N.Y. Giants - Tom Coughlin is starting to get that look in his eye.

19. Miami - Second-half collapse vs. Pats still stings.

20. Philadelphia - A struggling attack ventures into the Black Hole.

21. Tennessee - Week in, week out, they compete hard.

22. Oakland - A .500 mark at the halfway point would be impressive.

23. St. Louis - How can a speedster such as Tavon Austin average only 6.7 yards per catch?

24. Washington - Secondary coach Raheem Morris can't stop the bleeding.

25. Buffalo - Warning to KC: The Bills can be a difficult matchup at home.

26. Atlanta -Matt Ryan needs new shoulder pads from all that weight he's carrying.

27. Pittsburgh - Any momentum they had is now gone.

28. Cleveland - They couldn't handle a little early success.

29. Houston - Perhaps the biggest disappointment in the league.

30. Minnesota - In hot pursuit of a franchise quarterback.

31. Tampa Bay - Points will be hard to come by in Seattle.

32. Jacksonville - Nobody told rookie head coach Gus Bradley it was going to be easy.

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