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Ira Kaufman's Week 8 NFL power rankings

Each week, 12 media members — including The Tampa Tribune's NFL writer Ira Kaufman — rank the NFL teams in what is known as the AP Pro32 Power rankings. Here is Kaufman's ballot for Week 8:

1. Seattle — If the Seahawks finish with the NFC's No. 1 seed, look out.

2. Denver — Mike Shanahan picked the wrong time to be returning to Denver.

3. New Orleans — Prolific attack and just enough defense to make the Saints dangerous.

4. Kansas City — Andy Reid's marauders can hunt down quarterbacks with the best of them.

5. San Francisco — Ready to turn the Jags into Yorkshire pudding at Wembley.

6. Indianapolis — Must find a way without Reggie Wayne.

7. Cincinnati — Confidence is building in the Queen City.

8. Green Bay — The next opponent ready to load the box against Adrian Peterson.

9. Dallas — Monte Kiffin's group just showed the rest of the league how to stop Philly.

10. New England — The injury-ravaged Pats suddenly appear vulnerable.

11. Detroit — Plenty of firepower, but defensive concerns linger.

12. Chicago — When Lovie Smith departed, he took the defense with him.

13. San Diego — Stuck in the wrong division heading into a bye week.

14. Carolina — This aggressive defense will arrive in Tampa on a mission.

15. Baltimore — Defending champs are struggling to win the close ones.

16. New York Jets — He's quirky, but Rex Ryan knows how to coach defense.

17. Philadelphia — Uncertainty under center for a team at the crossroads.

18. Tennessee — They play hard and don't beat themselves.

19. Atlanta — Don't count them out, but Matt Ryan needs some help.

20. Buffalo — Mario Williams is starting to live up to that whopping contract.

21. Miami — Can Ryan Tannehill regain his swagger before it's too late?

22. Pittsburgh — Coming on strong, but little margin for error.

23. Washington — Will be hard-pressed to hold the Broncos under 40 points.

24. St. Louis — It's wait until next year for Sam Bradford and the Rams.

25. Arizona — Too much pressure on Carson Palmer to carry the load.

26. Cleveland — The Browns were a nice story ... for a while.

27. New York Giants — Can't face Josh Freeman every week, fellas.

28. Oakland — Sunday's Steelers-Raiders clash lacks the usual drama.

29. Minnesota — This defense deserved a better fate vs. the Giants.

30. Houston — Third in offense, No. 1 in defense and going nowhere fast.

31. Tampa Bay — Rookie QB Mike Glennon could be in for a rough night Thursday.

32. Jacksonville — Flying across the pond to face the 49ers. Crawling back.

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