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As Voted by Charean Williams

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (7)7-13774
2Los Angeles Rams8-13591
3New England Patriots (2)7-23643
4Kansas City Chiefs (3)8-13642
5Los Angeles Chargers6-23255
6Carolina Panthers6-23266
7Pittsburgh Steelers5-2-13207
8Philadelphia Eagles4-425913
9Minnesota Vikings5-3-12879
10Houston Texans6-328510
11Chicago Bears5-326615
12Cincinnati Bengals5-324714
13Green Bay Packers3-4-121912
14Atlanta Falcons4-422317
15Tennessee Titans4-419321
16Baltimore Ravens4-519016
17Seattle Seahawks4-423411
18Miami Dolphins5-417020
19Washington Redskins5-32228
20Dallas Cowboys3-514418
21New York Jets3-69126
22Jacksonville Jaguars3-514222
23Detroit Lions3-513119
24Denver Broncos3-611223
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-510325
26Indianapolis Colts3-512124
27Cleveland Browns2-6-17027
28San Francisco 49ers2-75531
29Oakland Raiders1-71532
30Arizona Cardinals2-65229
31New York Giants1-73730
32Buffalo Bills2-73328

Charean Williams

Charean Williams has covered the NFL for 23 seasons. She works for NBC's Pro Football Talk after 17 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and six at the Orlando Sentinel.  

She has served as a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 11 years, the first woman in that position. Williams also was the first female president of the Pro Football Writers of America, serving a two-year stint for the 2009-2010 seasons. 

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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.