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As Voted by John Clayton

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1New Orleans Saints (10)8-13821
2Los Angeles Rams9-13664
3Kansas City Chiefs (2)9-13682
4Los Angeles Chargers7-23366
5Pittsburgh Steelers6-2-13387
6New England Patriots7-33312
7Minnesota Vikings5-3-12968
8Chicago Bears6-328510
9Carolina Panthers6-32915
10Houston Texans6-32909
11Washington Redskins6-326115
12Tennessee Titans5-426017
13Green Bay Packers4-4-123116
14Indianapolis Colts4-518223
15Baltimore Ravens4-517718
16Seattle Seahawks4-521313
17Dallas Cowboys4-520220
18Philadelphia Eagles4-520011
19Miami Dolphins5-515419
20Cincinnati Bengals5-419012
21Atlanta Falcons4-518014
22Denver Broncos3-611424
23Cleveland Browns3-6-111627
24Detroit Lions3-610722
25Jacksonville Jaguars3-610921
26Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-68725
27Buffalo Bills3-77331
28New York Jets3-74526
29New York Giants2-76330
30Arizona Cardinals2-73829
31San Francisco 49ers2-83928
32Oakland Raiders1-81232

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.