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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
1Philadelphia Eagles (12)8-13841
2New England Patriots7-23673
3New Orleans Saints7-23406
4Los Angeles Rams7-23364
5Pittsburgh Steelers7-23542
6Minnesota Vikings7-23355
7Kansas City Chiefs6-33097
8Carolina Panthers7-33049
9Seattle Seahawks6-328710
10Atlanta Falcons5-424716
11Jacksonville Jaguars6-327011
12Tennessee Titans6-326012
13Detroit Lions5-423815
14Dallas Cowboys5-42328
15Oakland Raiders4-518717
16Buffalo Bills5-421313
17Green Bay Packers5-419918
18Baltimore Ravens4-516719
19Washington Redskins4-519814
20New York Jets4-612520
21Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-67229
22Arizona Cardinals4-514423
23Houston Texans3-611124
24Cincinnati Bengals3-69627
25Miami Dolphins4-512222
26Indianapolis Colts3-76128
27Los Angeles Chargers3-613021
28Chicago Bears3-67326
29Denver Broncos3-610325
30San Francisco 49ers1-93631
31New York Giants1-82430
32Cleveland Browns0-91232

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.