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As Voted by John Clayton

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (7)7-13774
2New England Patriots (2)7-23643
3Los Angeles Rams8-13591
4Kansas City Chiefs (3)8-13642
5Carolina Panthers6-23266
6Los Angeles Chargers6-23255
7Pittsburgh Steelers5-2-13207
8Minnesota Vikings5-3-12879
9Houston Texans6-328510
10Philadelphia Eagles4-425913
11Chicago Bears5-326615
12Cincinnati Bengals5-324714
13Seattle Seahawks4-423411
14Washington Redskins5-32228
15Atlanta Falcons4-422317
16Green Bay Packers3-4-121912
17Tennessee Titans4-419321
18Baltimore Ravens4-519016
19Miami Dolphins5-417020
20Jacksonville Jaguars3-514222
21Dallas Cowboys3-514418
22Indianapolis Colts3-512124
23Detroit Lions3-513119
24Denver Broncos3-611223
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-510325
26New York Jets3-69126
27Cleveland Browns2-6-17027
28Arizona Cardinals2-65229
29San Francisco 49ers2-75531
30New York Giants1-73730
31Buffalo Bills2-73328
32Oakland Raiders1-71532

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.