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As Voted by John Czarnecki

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Los Angeles Rams (12)5-03841
2Kansas City Chiefs5-03722
3New Orleans Saints4-13484
4New England Patriots3-23457
5Cincinnati Bengals4-13336
6Carolina Panthers3-13229
7Pittsburgh Steelers2-2-125019
8Minnesota Vikings2-2-127714
9Philadelphia Eagles2-322112
10Jacksonville Jaguars3-23063
11Chicago Bears3-12988
12Los Angeles Chargers3-226017
13Baltimore Ravens3-22735
14Cleveland Browns2-2-118723
15Detroit Lions2-316424
16Green Bay Packers2-2-122811
17Tennessee Titans3-223410
18Seattle Seahawks2-316918
19Houston Texans2-315626
20Buffalo Bills2-39430
21Dallas Cowboys2-313021
22Denver Broncos2-310316
23Miami Dolphins3-217615
24New York Jets2-311429
25Washington Redskins2-217413
26Atlanta Falcons1-49220
27Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-213122
28Indianapolis Colts1-45025
29New York Giants1-46627
30Arizona Cardinals1-43832
31Oakland Raiders1-42227
32San Francisco 49ers1-41931

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