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As Voted by Ira Kaufman

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New England Patriots (9)4-03811
2Cincinnati Bengals5-03605
3Green Bay Packers (3)5-03732
4Denver Broncos5-03433
5Atlanta Falcons5-03334
6Arizona Cardinals4-13257
7Carolina Panthers4-03216
8New York Jets3-12959
9Pittsburgh Steelers3-226811
10New York Giants3-226312
11Indianapolis Colts3-225317
12Buffalo Bills3-224814
13St. Louis Rams2-320910
14Seattle Seahawks2-32638
15Philadelphia Eagles2-319922
16San Diego Chargers2-320216
17Minnesota Vikings2-223413
18Dallas Cowboys2-317915
19Oakland Raiders2-315919
20Cleveland Browns2-313925
21Washington Redskins2-314721
22Chicago Bears2-314826
23Houston Texans1-45228
24Tennessee Titans1-39623
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-38932
26Baltimore Ravens1-411118
27Miami Dolphins1-34529
28Kansas City Chiefs1-49720
29New Orleans Saints1-46824
30San Francisco 49ers1-45931
31Jacksonville Jaguars1-42630
32Detroit Lions0-54327

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.