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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
1Los Angeles Rams (12)5-03841
2Kansas City Chiefs5-03722
3New England Patriots3-23457
4New Orleans Saints4-13484
5Cincinnati Bengals4-13336
6Jacksonville Jaguars3-23063
7Carolina Panthers3-13229
8Chicago Bears3-12988
9Baltimore Ravens3-22735
10Minnesota Vikings2-2-127714
11Pittsburgh Steelers2-2-125019
12Los Angeles Chargers3-226017
13Green Bay Packers2-2-122811
14Miami Dolphins3-217615
15Tennessee Titans3-223410
16Philadelphia Eagles2-322112
17Houston Texans2-315626
18Washington Redskins2-217413
19Detroit Lions2-316424
20Cleveland Browns2-2-118723
21Denver Broncos2-310316
22Seattle Seahawks2-316918
23Dallas Cowboys2-313021
24Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-213122
25New York Jets2-311429
26Buffalo Bills2-39430
27Atlanta Falcons1-49220
28New York Giants1-46627
29Indianapolis Colts1-45025
30Arizona Cardinals1-43832
31San Francisco 49ers1-41931
32Oakland Raiders1-42227

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.