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The AP Pro32

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As Voted by John Clayton

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (12)9-13841
2Los Angeles Rams10-13723
3Kansas City Chiefs9-23592
4Pittsburgh Steelers7-2-13404
5New England Patriots7-33416
6Chicago Bears7-332410
7Houston Texans7-33109
8Los Angeles Chargers7-33035
9Carolina Panthers6-42788
10Minnesota Vikings5-4-12767
11Seattle Seahawks5-525214
12Dallas Cowboys5-523715
13Washington Redskins6-423811
14Indianapolis Colts5-524418
15Baltimore Ravens5-520920
16Green Bay Packers4-5-120813
17Tennessee Titans5-520612
18Miami Dolphins5-515421
19Cincinnati Bengals5-515617
20Philadelphia Eagles4-615216
21Atlanta Falcons4-615219
22Detroit Lions4-613425
23Denver Broncos4-615723
24Cleveland Browns3-6-110222
25New York Giants3-79228
26Jacksonville Jaguars3-79524
27Buffalo Bills3-75927
28New York Jets3-75129
29Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-76426
30San Francisco 49ers2-83730
31Oakland Raiders2-83032
32Arizona Cardinals2-82031

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 will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.