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As Voted by Charean Williams

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas City Chiefs (7)11-23793
2New Orleans Saints (5)11-23762
3Los Angeles Rams11-23591
4Los Angeles Chargers10-33446
5Chicago Bears9-43277
6New England Patriots9-43294
7Houston Texans9-43075
8Dallas Cowboys8-529910
9Pittsburgh Steelers7-5-12678
10Baltimore Ravens7-625512
11Seattle Seahawks8-53019
12Indianapolis Colts7-625615
13Tennessee Titans7-623116
14Minnesota Vikings6-6-123211
15Miami Dolphins7-622418
16Philadelphia Eagles6-720613
17New York Giants5-815423
18Green Bay Packers5-7-117121
19Cleveland Browns5-7-116722
20Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-812820
21Carolina Panthers6-717616
22Denver Broncos6-717214
23Detroit Lions5-811425
24Atlanta Falcons4-98823
25Washington Redskins6-711119
26Jacksonville Jaguars4-95626
27New York Jets4-97730
28Buffalo Bills4-97128
29Cincinnati Bengals5-86227
30San Francisco 49ers3-104032
31Oakland Raiders3-104131
32Arizona Cardinals3-101629

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.