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As Voted by John Czarnecki

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Los Angeles Rams (12)7-03841
2Kansas City Chiefs6-13653
3New England Patriots5-23652
4New Orleans Saints5-13504
5Minnesota Vikings4-2-13237
6Carolina Panthers4-230312
7Los Angeles Chargers5-23205
8Pittsburgh Steelers3-2-13039
9Baltimore Ravens4-32886
10Washington Redskins4-226816
11Detroit Lions3-320322
12Houston Texans4-323718
13Green Bay Packers3-2-126711
14Cincinnati Bengals4-32268
15Chicago Bears3-321713
16Seattle Seahawks3-322415
17Philadelphia Eagles3-421710
18Atlanta Falcons3-414723
19Dallas Cowboys3-415419
20New York Jets3-411721
21Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-312525
22Miami Dolphins4-317113
23Jacksonville Jaguars3-415017
24Denver Broncos3-412526
25Tennessee Titans3-413720
26Indianapolis Colts2-57630
27Cleveland Browns2-4-19024
28Buffalo Bills2-55927
29New York Giants1-64529
30San Francisco 49ers1-63728
31Oakland Raiders1-51632
32Arizona Cardinals1-62731

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 pro32.ap.org/poll will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.