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As Voted by Ira Kaufman

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

Ira Kaufman

Ira Kaufman has reported on pro football since 1979, when he worked for United Press International in New York and covered a Giants team featuring rookie head coach Ray Perkins and rookie quarterback Phil Simms. He has written on 25 Super Bowls and represents Tampa Bay on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection 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 pro32.ap.org/poll will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.