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As Voted by Ira Kaufman

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Carolina Panthers (12)11-03842
2New England Patriots10-13641
3Arizona Cardinals9-23583
4Cincinnati Bengals9-23444
5Denver Broncos9-23495
6Minnesota Vikings8-33217
7Seattle Seahawks6-53049
8Kansas City Chiefs6-529110
9Green Bay Packers7-42886
10Pittsburgh Steelers6-52808
11Indianapolis Colts6-527512
12Houston Texans6-524615
13New York Jets6-523716
14Washington Redskins5-620624
15New York Giants5-619311
16Atlanta Falcons6-519114
17Buffalo Bills5-619412
18Chicago Bears5-619619
19Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-616217
20Oakland Raiders5-619318
21Miami Dolphins4-79422
22Detroit Lions4-715527
23St. Louis Rams4-79722
24San Francisco 49ers3-86229
25Philadelphia Eagles4-710521
26New Orleans Saints4-78026
27Baltimore Ravens4-78728
28San Diego Chargers3-87631
29Jacksonville Jaguars4-77625
30Dallas Cowboys3-88120
31Tennessee Titans2-92230
32Cleveland Browns2-91432

Ira Kaufman

Began career with UPI in New York in 1976 and has written about the NFL since 1979, when he covered the Ray Perkins-led Giants and a rookie QB named Phil Simms. Worked for Tampa Tribune since 1990.

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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 will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.