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As Voted by Charean Williams

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (10)8-13821
2Los Angeles Rams9-13664
3Kansas City Chiefs (2)9-13682
4Los Angeles Chargers7-23366
5New England Patriots7-33312
6Pittsburgh Steelers6-2-13387
7Carolina Panthers6-32915
8Chicago Bears6-328510
9Minnesota Vikings5-3-12968
10Houston Texans6-32909
11Tennessee Titans5-426017
12Washington Redskins6-326115
13Green Bay Packers4-4-123116
14Cincinnati Bengals5-419012
15Dallas Cowboys4-520220
16Philadelphia Eagles4-520011
17Seattle Seahawks4-521313
18Baltimore Ravens4-517718
19Miami Dolphins5-515419
20Indianapolis Colts4-518223
21Atlanta Falcons4-518014
22Cleveland Browns3-6-111627
23Denver Broncos3-611424
24Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-68725
25Jacksonville Jaguars3-610921
26Buffalo Bills3-77331
27Detroit Lions3-610722
28New York Giants2-76330
29San Francisco 49ers2-83928
30New York Jets3-74526
31Arizona Cardinals2-73829
32Oakland Raiders1-81232

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 will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.