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As Voted by Rick Gosselin

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New England Patriots (10)10-03811
2Carolina Panthers (2)10-03742
3Arizona Cardinals8-23603
4Cincinnati Bengals8-23404
5Green Bay Packers7-33328
6Denver Broncos8-23366
7Minnesota Vikings7-33055
8Pittsburgh Steelers6-42987
9Atlanta Falcons6-422610
10Seattle Seahawks5-528411
11New York Giants5-525412
12Kansas City Chiefs5-526215
13Houston Texans5-521622
14Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-519423
15Indianapolis Colts5-525216
16Buffalo Bills5-52529
17New York Jets5-519513
18Oakland Raiders4-618214
19Chicago Bears4-615318
20Miami Dolphins4-612121
21St. Louis Rams4-612119
22Detroit Lions3-79230
23Dallas Cowboys3-714225
24Washington Redskins4-611620
25Philadelphia Eagles4-613217
26Jacksonville Jaguars4-69427
27New Orleans Saints4-69324
28Baltimore Ravens3-77028
29San Diego Chargers2-83029
30San Francisco 49ers3-75825
31Tennessee Titans2-83231
32Cleveland Browns2-82332

Rick Gosselin

After moving to the The Dallas Morning News, he covered the Cowboys from 1990-91. Served as the paper's NFL columnist (1992-2010) before his appointment as general sports columnist in 2011.

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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.