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As Voted by Charean Williams

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Los Angeles Rams (12)6-03841
2New England Patriots4-23694
3New Orleans Saints4-13523
4Kansas City Chiefs5-13592
5Carolina Panthers3-22456
6Cincinnati Bengals4-22925
7Baltimore Ravens4-230810
8Los Angeles Chargers4-231111
9Minnesota Vikings3-2-13059
10Green Bay Packers3-2-125314
11Chicago Bears3-22328
12Philadelphia Eagles3-327415
13Pittsburgh Steelers3-2-129012
14Washington Redskins3-221318
15Miami Dolphins4-223217
16Jacksonville Jaguars3-32067
17Seattle Seahawks3-321719
18Houston Texans3-317621
19Dallas Cowboys3-317423
20New York Jets3-315024
21Tennessee Titans3-315213
22Atlanta Falcons2-412827
23Cleveland Browns2-3-112316
24Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-310122
25Detroit Lions2-314420
26Denver Broncos2-48125
27Buffalo Bills2-47826
28San Francisco 49ers1-54932
29Indianapolis Colts1-54229
30New York Giants1-54628
31Arizona Cardinals1-53630
32Oakland Raiders1-51431

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.