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The AP Pro32

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As Voted by John Clayton

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (11)13-33821
2Los Angeles Rams13-33612
3Chicago Bears12-43593
4Los Angeles Chargers12-43305
5Kansas City Chiefs (1)12-43574
6New England Patriots11-53306
7Houston Texans11-52978
8Indianapolis Colts10-629410
9Baltimore Ravens10-62929
10Seattle Seahawks10-62857
11Dallas Cowboys10-626911
12Philadelphia Eagles9-725515
13Pittsburgh Steelers9-6-124112
14Minnesota Vikings8-7-121813
15Tennessee Titans9-721914
16Cleveland Browns7-8-121416
17Atlanta Falcons7-917320
18Green Bay Packers6-9-115618
19Washington Redskins7-914818
20Miami Dolphins7-916617
21Carolina Panthers7-915621
22Buffalo Bills6-1012225
23Cincinnati Bengals6-108426
24Detroit Lions6-1011427
25Denver Broncos6-1010623
26New York Giants5-1111122
27Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-119823
28Jacksonville Jaguars5-115328
29New York Jets4-124929
30San Francisco 49ers4-125330
31Oakland Raiders4-123231
32Arizona Cardinals3-131232

John Clayton

Started covering the NFL in 1972 at the age of 18 writing Pittsburgh Steelers stories for the St. Mary’s Daily New and covered the Steelers while in college at Duquesne University. Hired by the Pittsburgh Press in 1976 and was on the Steeler beat until moving west and covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune from 1986 through 1998. Working part time at ESPN before being hired by ESPN in 1998 to cover the NFL. While still under contract at ESPN, currenting hosting a sports talk show from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. pacific at 710 ESPN Seattle. This season doing the opposing teams sidelines on the Seahawks broadcast for 710 ESPN Seattle and is the main fill-in on Movin’ the Chains on SiriusXMNFL Radio. Voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the winner of the McCann Award.

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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.