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As Voted by Charean Williams

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Pittsburgh Steelers (9)11-23814
2New England Patriots (1)10-33621
3Minnesota Vikings10-33522
4Philadelphia Eagles (2)11-23633
5Los Angeles Rams9-43265
6New Orleans Saints9-43236
7Carolina Panthers9-43188
8Jacksonville Jaguars9-43079
9Seattle Seahawks8-52767
10Atlanta Falcons8-527911
11Tennessee Titans8-524110
12Baltimore Ravens7-624512
13Los Angeles Chargers7-626413
14Green Bay Packers7-620818
15Buffalo Bills7-618719
16Kansas City Chiefs7-623414
17Dallas Cowboys7-620616
18Detroit Lions7-619616
19Miami Dolphins6-716524
20Arizona Cardinals6-715123
21Oakland Raiders6-715815
22Washington Redskins5-813021
23Cincinnati Bengals5-810822
24San Francisco 49ers3-107727
25Denver Broncos4-98430
26New York Jets5-810820
27Houston Texans4-97725
28Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-96826
29Chicago Bears4-96929
30Indianapolis Colts3-103428
31New York Giants2-112731
32Cleveland Browns0-131232

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.