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As Voted by John Clayton

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

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 pro32.ap.org/poll will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.