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The AP Pro32

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As Voted by John Czarnecki

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Atlanta Falcons (1)2-03585
2Pittsburgh Steelers (2)2-03436
3Kansas City Chiefs (8)2-03782
4Oakland Raiders (1)2-03476
5Denver Broncos2-032114
6New England Patriots1-13424
7Detroit Lions2-028813
8Green Bay Packers1-13021
9Baltimore Ravens2-029212
10Tampa Bay Buccaneers1-024815
11Philadelphia Eagles1-123411
12Dallas Cowboys1-12663
13Minnesota Vikings1-12309
14Carolina Panthers2-026310
15Tennessee Titans1-121016
16Miami Dolphins1-020018
17Washington Redskins1-116723
18Seattle Seahawks1-12558
19Houston Texans1-115524
20New York Giants0-211117
21Los Angeles Rams1-113820
22Buffalo Bills1-112625
23Jacksonville Jaguars1-113919
24New Orleans Saints0-28926
25Arizona Cardinals1-114522
26Los Angeles Chargers0-212021
27San Francisco 49ers0-25130
28Cincinnati Bengals0-26727
29Cleveland Browns0-25229
30Chicago Bears0-25228
31Indianapolis Colts0-23031
32New York Jets0-21732

Week 3

Poll released: Sep 19

John Czarnecki

John Czarneck, whose first pro football interview was of Johnny Unitas in Buffalo’s War Memorial stadium for the Rochester Times-Union, has been the editorial consultant for Fox NFL Sunday since its inception 20 years ago. He previously worked at CBS Sports. The winner of four Sports Emmys for work on NFL studio shows, Czarnecki wrote the book “Football for Dummies” with Howie Long.

Czar’s first full season covering the NFL was 1979 and he worked for such newspapers as the Herald-Examiner in Los Angeles and the The National Sports Daily. He has served nine times as a Super Bowl pool reporter and is a longtime selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a member of its Seniors Committee.

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Poll Methodology

The AP Pro32 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks the NFL's 32 teams. A team receives 32 points for each first place vote, 31 for second place and so on through to the 32nd team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams' point totals from highest to lowest. The mathematical formula is the same as the one used for the AP Top 25 rankings for college football, men's basketball and women's basketball.

History of the Poll

The Associated Press began the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings in 2012. A national panel of 12 voters will participate in the selection process this year. Each voter is among the 50 sports writers and broadcasters who choose the NFL's individual awards at the end of the season. All of the voters have an extensive background in covering the NFL. Some of them — Tony Dungy and Herm Edwards — played and coached in the league. Others — Jim Miller — played in the league. Each week beginning on Sept. 3, AP Pro32 will be updated and comments from some of the voters will be included in a story that accompanies the latest team rankings. In addition, a link to the pro32.ap.org/poll will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.