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Ira Kaufman's Week 3 NFL power rankings

Each week a group of 12 members of the media — including Tribune NFL writer Ira Kaufman — rank the 32 NFL teams in what is known as the AP Pro32 Power Rankings. Here is Kaufman's ballot and comments (with the panel consensus in parentheses):

1. Seattle -  Any team that can humble the 49ers twice in a row is a serious threat to win NFC title. (Consensus No. 1: Denver)

2. Denver - John Fox knows better than to tinker with an offense averaging 45 points per game. (Consensus No. 2: Seattle)

3. San Francisco - Andrew Luck will face the wrath of an embarrassed 49ers organization on Sunday. (Consensus No. 3: Same)

4. Green Bay - The great Aaron Rodgers will stare down a formidable pass rush in Cincinnati. (Consensus No. 4: Houston)

5. New Orleans - Drew Brees is probably still sore from the beating he took at Raymond James Stadium. (Consensus No. 5: Green Bay)

6. Atlanta - I still don't trust Atlanta's defense to make the big stops. (Consensus No. 6: New England/New Orleans tied)

7. New England - Even at 2-0, the Pats have hardly hit their stride. (Consensus No. 7: New England/New Orleans tied)

8. Houston - Another shaky 2-0 club, the Texans have been atypically sloppy so far. (Consensus No. 8: Chicago)

9. Chicago - Brandon Marshall might be the best WR in the league at the moment. (Consensus No. 9: Atlanta)

10. Cincinnati - Exciting rookie RB Giovani Bernard gives this offense a new dimension. (Consensus No. 10: Kansas City)

11. Kansas City - This aggressive young defense is legit. (Consensus No. 11: Miami)

12. Dallas - WR Dez Bryant has emerged as a true superstar. (Consensus No. 12: Baltimore)

13. Miami - QB Ryan Tannehill is the early leader for the NFL's Most Improved Player award. (Consensus No. 13: Cincinnati)

14. Baltimore - This proud defense knows you can't face the punchless Browns every week. (Consensus No. 14: Dallas)

15. Indianapolis - Wrong place, wrong time for the Colts on Sunday in San Francisco. (Consensus No. 15: Same)

16. Philadelphia - The Eagles used to be known for swarming defense. Not anymore. (Consensus No. 16: San Diego)

17. San Diego - If Philip Rivers has time to throw, he can still put up big numbers. (Consensus No. 17: Philadelphia)

18. Minnesota - A ravaged defense gets a reprieve when the Browns come to town. (Consensus No. 18: St. Louis)

19. Arizona - Carson Palmer is providing some stability under center. (Consensus No. 19: Detroit)

20. St. Louis - Making strides behind a big-time pass rush and emerging QB Sam Bradford. (Consensus No. 20: Tennessee)

21. Detroit - Still looking for an effective ground game. (Consensus No. 21: Arizona)

22. Washington - Forget RG III's knee for a moment. How about playing some defense? (Consensus No. 22: Buffalo)

23. New York Giants - Eli Manning is making headlines for all the wrong reasons in New York. (Consensus No. 23: Same)

24. Buffalo - Rookie QB EJ Manuel already has long-suffering Buffalo fans excited. (Consensus No. 24: Minnesota)

25. Carolina - With each setback, Ron Rivera's leash gets a little tighter. (Consensus No. 25: Washington)

26. Tennessee - The Titans have been surprisingly competitive through Week 2. (Consensus No. 26: N.Y. Jets)

27. New York Jets - Even without Darrelle Revis, this defense remains solid. (Consensus No. 27: Pittsburgh)

28. Tampa Bay - Every day seems to generate a new national rumor of unrest at One Buc Place. (Consensus No. 28: Carolina)

29. Pittsburgh - This proud organization would never acknowledge this is a rebuilding year. (Consensus No. 29: Oakland/Tampa Bay tied)

30. Oakland - QB Terrelle Pryor has done as much damage with his legs as with his arm. (Consensus No. 30: Oakland/Tampa Bay tied)

31. Cleveland - When the Browns score 20 points, every fan should get a free pizza. (Consensus No. 31: Same)

32. Jacksonville - Speaking of an offense that's difficult to stomach … (Consensus No. 32: Same)


Voting panel: Chris Collinsworth, NBC Sports; Tony Dungy, NBC Sports; Herman Edwards, ESPN; Bob Glauber, Newsday; Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News; Clark Judge, CBSSports.com; Ira Kaufman, The Tampa Tribune; Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com; John Lynch, Fox Sports; Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com; Charean Williams Forth Worth Star Telegram

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