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The AP Pro32

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As Voted by John Czarnecki

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Pittsburgh Steelers (9)11-23814
2Philadelphia Eagles (2)11-23633
3New England Patriots (1)10-33621
4Minnesota Vikings10-33522
5New Orleans Saints9-43236
6Carolina Panthers9-43188
7Jacksonville Jaguars9-43079
8Los Angeles Rams9-43265
9Kansas City Chiefs7-623414
10Los Angeles Chargers7-626413
11Atlanta Falcons8-527911
12Seattle Seahawks8-52767
13Baltimore Ravens7-624512
14Dallas Cowboys7-620616
15Tennessee Titans8-524110
16Green Bay Packers7-620818
17Detroit Lions7-619616
18Miami Dolphins6-716524
19Buffalo Bills7-618719
20Arizona Cardinals6-715123
21Oakland Raiders6-715815
22Washington Redskins5-813021
23New York Jets5-810820
24Cincinnati Bengals5-810822
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-96826
26Chicago Bears4-96929
27San Francisco 49ers3-107727
28Denver Broncos4-98430
29Houston Texans4-97725
30New York Giants2-112731
31Indianapolis Colts3-103428
32Cleveland Browns0-131232

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.