The AP Pro32

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As Voted by Jenny Vrentas

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

Jenny Vrentas

Jenny Vrentas is in her second season as an NFL writer for Sports Illustrated and The Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB). She previously spent six seasons covering the NFL for The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., including stints as the Giants beat writer and the Jets beat writer.

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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.