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As Voted by Charean Williams

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (11)13-33821
2Chicago Bears12-43593
3Los Angeles Rams13-33612
4Kansas City Chiefs (1)12-43574
5Los Angeles Chargers12-43305
6New England Patriots11-53306
7Houston Texans11-52978
8Indianapolis Colts10-629410
9Baltimore Ravens10-62929
10Dallas Cowboys10-626911
11Seattle Seahawks10-62857
12Philadelphia Eagles9-725515
13Tennessee Titans9-721914
14Cleveland Browns7-8-121416
15Pittsburgh Steelers9-6-124112
16Minnesota Vikings8-7-121813
17Miami Dolphins7-916617
18Green Bay Packers6-9-115618
19Washington Redskins7-914818
20Carolina Panthers7-915621
21Atlanta Falcons7-917320
22Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-119823
23New York Giants5-1111122
24Buffalo Bills6-1012225
25Cincinnati Bengals6-108426
26Denver Broncos6-1010623
27Jacksonville Jaguars5-115328
28Detroit Lions6-1011427
29San Francisco 49ers4-125330
30Oakland Raiders4-123231
31New York Jets4-124929
32Arizona Cardinals3-131232

Charean Williams

Charean Williams has covered the NFL for 23 seasons. She works for NBC's Pro Football Talk after 17 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and six at the Orlando Sentinel.  

She has served as a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 11 years, the first woman in that position. Williams also was the first female president of the Pro Football Writers of America, serving a two-year stint for the 2009-2010 seasons. 

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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.