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As Voted by John Clayton

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Los Angeles Rams (9)2-03804
2Jacksonville Jaguars (3)2-03755
3Kansas City Chiefs2-03407
4Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-030715
5Minnesota Vikings1-0-13413
6Green Bay Packers1-0-13156
7New England Patriots1-13271
8Denver Broncos2-025014
9Cincinnati Bengals2-027516
10Philadelphia Eagles1-13132
11Atlanta Falcons1-127910
12Carolina Panthers1-12478
13Miami Dolphins2-023718
14Los Angeles Chargers1-122519
15Dallas Cowboys1-116425
16New Orleans Saints1-120613
17Tennessee Titans1-113026
18Baltimore Ravens1-12059
19Pittsburgh Steelers0-1-119011
20Chicago Bears1-119122
21San Francisco 49ers1-116123
22Indianapolis Colts1-112129
23Washington Redskins1-114112
24New York Jets1-115317
25Cleveland Browns0-1-18727
26Houston Texans0-26720
27Seattle Seahawks0-28921
28Oakland Raiders0-27028
29New York Giants0-26524
30Detroit Lions0-24430
31Arizona Cardinals0-22331
32Buffalo Bills0-21832

Week 3

Poll released: Sep 18

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.