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As Voted by Charean Williams

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Los Angeles Rams (12)7-03841
2New England Patriots5-23652
3Kansas City Chiefs6-13653
4New Orleans Saints5-13504
5Carolina Panthers4-230312
6Los Angeles Chargers5-23205
7Baltimore Ravens4-32886
8Minnesota Vikings4-2-13237
9Green Bay Packers3-2-126711
10Washington Redskins4-226816
11Pittsburgh Steelers3-2-13039
12Chicago Bears3-321713
13Houston Texans4-323718
14Cincinnati Bengals4-32268
15Miami Dolphins4-317113
16Seattle Seahawks3-322415
17Dallas Cowboys3-415419
18Philadelphia Eagles3-421710
19Atlanta Falcons3-414723
20Jacksonville Jaguars3-415017
21New York Jets3-411721
22Tennessee Titans3-413720
23Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-312525
24Detroit Lions3-320322
25Denver Broncos3-412526
26Cleveland Browns2-4-19024
27Indianapolis Colts2-57630
28Buffalo Bills2-55927
29San Francisco 49ers1-63728
30Oakland Raiders1-51632
31New York Giants1-64529
32Arizona Cardinals1-62731

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.