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The AP Pro32

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As Voted by John Czarnecki

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas City Chiefs (7)11-23793
2New Orleans Saints (5)11-23762
3Los Angeles Rams11-23591
4Los Angeles Chargers10-33446
5Dallas Cowboys8-529910
6New England Patriots9-43294
7Houston Texans9-43075
8Chicago Bears9-43277
9Seattle Seahawks8-53019
10Baltimore Ravens7-625512
11Pittsburgh Steelers7-5-12678
12Indianapolis Colts7-625615
13Tennessee Titans7-623116
14Miami Dolphins7-622418
15Philadelphia Eagles6-720613
16Minnesota Vikings6-6-123211
17Cleveland Browns5-7-116722
18Green Bay Packers5-7-117121
19New York Giants5-815423
20Denver Broncos6-717214
21Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-812820
22Cincinnati Bengals5-86227
23Detroit Lions5-811425
24Carolina Panthers6-717616
25Washington Redskins6-711119
26New York Jets4-97730
27Buffalo Bills4-97128
28San Francisco 49ers3-104032
29Atlanta Falcons4-98823
30Oakland Raiders3-104131
31Arizona Cardinals3-101629
32Jacksonville Jaguars4-95626

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.