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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
1New Orleans Saints (12)9-13841
2Los Angeles Rams10-13723
3Kansas City Chiefs9-23592
4New England Patriots7-33416
5Chicago Bears7-332410
6Houston Texans7-33109
7Pittsburgh Steelers7-2-13404
8Indianapolis Colts5-524418
9Los Angeles Chargers7-33035
10Minnesota Vikings5-4-12767
11Seattle Seahawks5-525214
12Dallas Cowboys5-523715
13Carolina Panthers6-42788
14Washington Redskins6-423811
15Baltimore Ravens5-520920
16Tennessee Titans5-520612
17Green Bay Packers4-5-120813
18Atlanta Falcons4-615219
19Denver Broncos4-615723
20Detroit Lions4-613425
21Philadelphia Eagles4-615216
22Miami Dolphins5-515421
23Cleveland Browns3-6-110222
24Cincinnati Bengals5-515617
25Jacksonville Jaguars3-79524
26New York Giants3-79228
27Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-76426
28New York Jets3-75129
29Buffalo Bills3-75927
30Oakland Raiders2-83032
31Arizona Cardinals2-82031
32San Francisco 49ers2-83730

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.