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As Voted by Jenny Vrentas

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

Jenny Vrentas

Jenny Vrentas is in her second season as an NFL writer for Sports Illustrated and The Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB). She previously spent six seasons covering the NFL for The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., including stints as the Giants beat writer and the Jets beat writer.

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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.