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As Voted by John Clayton

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (11)12-23822
2Los Angeles Chargers (1)11-33684
3Kansas City Chiefs11-33601
4Los Angeles Rams11-33373
5Chicago Bears10-43456
6Houston Texans10-43247
7New England Patriots9-53075
8Pittsburgh Steelers8-5-130610
9Indianapolis Colts8-627911
10Baltimore Ravens8-625612
11Seattle Seahawks8-62688
12Dallas Cowboys8-62609
13Tennessee Titans8-623714
14Minnesota Vikings7-6-124713
15Philadelphia Eagles7-722016
16Cleveland Browns6-7-120120
17Miami Dolphins7-718715
18Carolina Panthers6-816617
19Green Bay Packers5-8-115319
20Denver Broncos6-814718
21Washington Redskins7-717224
22Atlanta Falcons5-911825
23New York Giants5-911221
24Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-910822
25Cincinnati Bengals6-89428
26Buffalo Bills5-99527
27Detroit Lions5-99523
28San Francisco 49ers4-106231
29New York Jets4-105226
30Jacksonville Jaguars4-103829
31Oakland Raiders3-112830
32Arizona Cardinals3-111232

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 pro32.ap.org/poll will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.