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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 (5)5-13763
2Kansas City Chiefs (6)5-13731
3New England Patriots (1)4-23547
4Pittsburgh Steelers4-234510
5Atlanta Falcons3-22864
6Minnesota Vikings4-231412
7Los Angeles Rams4-229211
8Seattle Seahawks3-23018
9Green Bay Packers4-22602
10New Orleans Saints3-223421
11Washington Redskins3-224715
12Houston Texans3-324218
13Carolina Panthers4-23165
14Dallas Cowboys2-318116
15Denver Broncos3-22646
16Detroit Lions3-32079
17Tennessee Titans3-315124
18Buffalo Bills3-222414
19Miami Dolphins3-215825
20Arizona Cardinals3-314726
21Jacksonville Jaguars3-317913
22Baltimore Ravens3-313317
23New York Jets3-314322
24Los Angeles Chargers2-49328
25Oakland Raiders2-410920
26Cincinnati Bengals2-310823
27Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-310819
28Chicago Bears2-45529
29Indianapolis Colts2-44027
30New York Giants1-56030
31San Francisco 49ers0-62431
32Cleveland Browns0-61232

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