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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
1Kansas City Chiefs (12)5-03841
2Green Bay Packers4-13702
3Atlanta Falcons3-13404
4Philadelphia Eagles4-13417
5Carolina Panthers4-13379
6New England Patriots3-23208
7Seattle Seahawks3-229114
8Denver Broncos3-13295
9Jacksonville Jaguars3-223623
10Minnesota Vikings3-224318
11Pittsburgh Steelers3-22613
12Detroit Lions3-22746
13Baltimore Ravens3-219321
14Los Angeles Rams3-224510
15Buffalo Bills3-223011
16Oakland Raiders2-316116
17Dallas Cowboys2-319913
18Washington Redskins2-220715
19Houston Texans2-319112
20Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-217917
21Cincinnati Bengals2-313025
22New Orleans Saints2-214820
23New York Jets3-214624
24Tennessee Titans2-312119
25Miami Dolphins2-210826
26Indianapolis Colts2-37230
27Arizona Cardinals2-38722
28Chicago Bears1-45227
29Los Angeles Chargers1-46329
30San Francisco 49ers0-53131
31New York Giants0-53428
32Cleveland Browns0-51332

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.