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NFL power rankings: Ira Kaufman’s ballot

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1. Seattle A defense this relentless gives the Seahawks a realistic shot to repeat.

2. New England In Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis, the Pats have their stars aligned

3. Denver Some smart offseason moves could put them over the top.

4. New Orleans Drew Brees and an unsung defense make them dangerous.

5. Green Bay Since 2009, the Pack have averaged 11 wins per season

6. San Francisco New stadium to remember, an offseason to forget

7. Philadelphia Dynamic Eagles look like the class of the NFC East.

8. Indianapolis Did suspended Robert Mathis take the pass rush with him?

9. Cincinnati New coordinators have plenty to work with.

10. San Diego Strong finish should provide confidence.

11. Arizona Talented club stuck in the wrong division.

12. Pittsburgh The challenge is keeping Ben Roethlisberger upright.

13. Baltimore Still trying to replace some key leaders.

14. Miami A playoff-caliber defense can use some help.

15. Chicago This pitiful defense can’t help but improve.

16. Kansas City Alex Smith has the cash, but lacks the weapons.

17. Detroit Everywhere you look, you see an underachiever.

18. N.Y. Giants We’ve learned never to give up on Eli Manning.

19. N.Y. Jets One thing’s a given — they will play some defense.

20. Tampa Bay Questions persist along the offensive line.

21. St. Louis The Sam Bradford era is over and done with.

22. Atlanta Looks like a housecleaning is on the horizon.

23. Washington Robert Griffin III has gone from a stud to an enigma.

24. Carolina Too much pressure on Cam Newton to do it all.

25. Buffalo Not much to brag about beyond that pass rush.

26. Cleveland Competitive defense undermined by lackluster attack.

27. Minnesota Teddy Bridgewater will soon be the man.

28. Tennessee Can’t seem to beat the Colts head-to-head.

29. Dallas You can’t expect to win shootouts every week.

30. Houston One last chance for Ryan Fitzpatrick to prove he belongs.

31. Jacksonville Chad Henne keeping the seat warm for rookie Blake Bortles.

32. Oakland Expect the Jon Gruden rumors to heat up by midseason.

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