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As Voted by John Clayton

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Los Angeles Rams (12)11-13842
2New Orleans Saints10-23641
3Kansas City Chiefs10-23623
4New England Patriots9-33524
5Los Angeles Chargers9-33286
6Houston Texans9-33327
7Chicago Bears8-43055
8Pittsburgh Steelers7-4-12948
9Seattle Seahawks7-529110
10Dallas Cowboys7-527812
11Baltimore Ravens7-525613
12Minnesota Vikings6-5-12599
13Philadelphia Eagles6-623117
14Indianapolis Colts6-621711
15Denver Broncos6-622516
16Carolina Panthers6-619914
17Tennessee Titans6-619918
18Miami Dolphins6-618121
19Washington Redskins6-615915
20Cleveland Browns4-7-112820
21Atlanta Falcons4-811922
22New York Giants4-811927
23Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-714426
24Detroit Lions4-89723
25Green Bay Packers4-7-112919
26Buffalo Bills4-87825
27Cincinnati Bengals5-78824
28Jacksonville Jaguars4-89028
29New York Jets3-93829
30Oakland Raiders2-102331
31Arizona Cardinals3-94832
32San Francisco 49ers2-101930

John Clayton

Started covering the NFL in 1972 at the age of 18 writing Pittsburgh Steelers stories for the St. Mary’s Daily New and covered the Steelers while in college at Duquesne University. Hired by the Pittsburgh Press in 1976 and was on the Steeler beat until moving west and covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune from 1986 through 1998. Working part time at ESPN before being hired by ESPN in 1998 to cover the NFL. While still under contract at ESPN, currenting hosting a sports talk show from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. pacific at 710 ESPN Seattle. This season doing the opposing teams sidelines on the Seahawks broadcast for 710 ESPN Seattle and is the main fill-in on Movin’ the Chains on SiriusXMNFL Radio. Voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the winner of the McCann Award.

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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.