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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
1Kansas City Chiefs (1)12-43574
2Chicago Bears12-43593
3New Orleans Saints (11)13-33821
4Los Angeles Rams13-33612
5Los Angeles Chargers12-43305
6Indianapolis Colts10-629410
7New England Patriots11-53306
8Dallas Cowboys10-626911
9Seattle Seahawks10-62857
10Houston Texans11-52978
11Baltimore Ravens10-62929
12Philadelphia Eagles9-725515
13Cleveland Browns7-8-121416
14Pittsburgh Steelers9-6-124112
15Minnesota Vikings8-7-121813
16Tennessee Titans9-721914
17Atlanta Falcons7-917320
18Detroit Lions6-1011427
19Carolina Panthers7-915621
20Green Bay Packers6-9-115618
21Washington Redskins7-914818
22Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-119823
23Buffalo Bills6-1012225
24Cincinnati Bengals6-108426
25Miami Dolphins7-916617
26New York Giants5-1111122
27Denver Broncos6-1010623
28San Francisco 49ers4-125330
29New York Jets4-124929
30Jacksonville Jaguars5-115328
31Oakland Raiders4-123231
32Arizona Cardinals3-131232

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