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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
1Los Angeles Rams (9)2-03804
2Jacksonville Jaguars (3)2-03755
3Minnesota Vikings1-0-13413
4Philadelphia Eagles1-13132
5New Orleans Saints1-120613
6Green Bay Packers1-0-13156
7Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-030715
8New England Patriots1-13271
9Cincinnati Bengals2-027516
10Kansas City Chiefs2-03407
11Atlanta Falcons1-127910
12Los Angeles Chargers1-122519
13Carolina Panthers1-12478
14Miami Dolphins2-023718
15Denver Broncos2-025014
16Dallas Cowboys1-116425
17Pittsburgh Steelers0-1-119011
18Oakland Raiders0-27028
19Chicago Bears1-119122
20Baltimore Ravens1-12059
21San Francisco 49ers1-116123
22Washington Redskins1-114112
23Indianapolis Colts1-112129
24New York Jets1-115317
25Seattle Seahawks0-28921
26Tennessee Titans1-113026
27Detroit Lions0-24430
28New York Giants0-26524
29Houston Texans0-26720
30Cleveland Browns0-1-18727
31Arizona Cardinals0-22331
32Buffalo Bills0-21832

Week 3

Poll released: Sep 18

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 will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.