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As Voted by John Czarnecki

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

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.