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As Voted by Ira Kaufman

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

Ira Kaufman

Ira Kaufman has reported on pro football since 1979, when he worked for United Press International in New York and covered a Giants team featuring rookie head coach Ray Perkins and rookie quarterback Phil Simms. He has written on 25 Super Bowls and represents Tampa Bay on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection 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.