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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
1New Orleans Saints (10)8-13821
2Los Angeles Rams9-13664
3Kansas City Chiefs (2)9-13682
4Pittsburgh Steelers6-2-13387
5Houston Texans6-32909
6New England Patriots7-33312
7Los Angeles Chargers7-23366
8Minnesota Vikings5-3-12968
9Tennessee Titans5-426017
10Carolina Panthers6-32915
11Washington Redskins6-326115
12Chicago Bears6-328510
13Seattle Seahawks4-521313
14Green Bay Packers4-4-123116
15Indianapolis Colts4-518223
16Dallas Cowboys4-520220
17Philadelphia Eagles4-520011
18Miami Dolphins5-515419
19Cincinnati Bengals5-419012
20Cleveland Browns3-6-111627
21Atlanta Falcons4-518014
22Baltimore Ravens4-517718
23Denver Broncos3-611424
24Detroit Lions3-610722
25Buffalo Bills3-77331
26Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-68725
27New York Giants2-76330
28Jacksonville Jaguars3-610921
29Arizona Cardinals2-73829
30San Francisco 49ers2-83928
31New York Jets3-74526
32Oakland Raiders1-81232

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 pro32.ap.org/poll will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.