The AP Pro32

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As Voted by Ira Kaufman

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (11)12-23822
2Los Angeles Chargers (1)11-33684
3Kansas City Chiefs11-33601
4Los Angeles Rams11-33373
5Chicago Bears10-43456
6Houston Texans10-43247
7Pittsburgh Steelers8-5-130610
8New England Patriots9-53075
9Indianapolis Colts8-627911
10Baltimore Ravens8-625612
11Seattle Seahawks8-62688
12Dallas Cowboys8-62609
13Tennessee Titans8-623714
14Minnesota Vikings7-6-124713
15Philadelphia Eagles7-722016
16Cleveland Browns6-7-120120
17Washington Redskins7-717224
18Miami Dolphins7-718715
19Denver Broncos6-814718
20Green Bay Packers5-8-115319
21Carolina Panthers6-816617
22Cincinnati Bengals6-89428
23Atlanta Falcons5-911825
24New York Giants5-911221
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-910822
26Detroit Lions5-99523
27Buffalo Bills5-99527
28New York Jets4-105226
29Jacksonville Jaguars4-103829
30Oakland Raiders3-112830
31San Francisco 49ers4-106231
32Arizona Cardinals3-111232

Ira Kaufman

Ira Kaufman has reported on pro football since 1979, when he worked for United Press International in New York and covered a Giants team featuring rookie head coach Ray Perkins and rookie quarterback Phil Simms. He has written on 25 Super Bowls and represents Tampa Bay on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection 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.