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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
1Minnesota Vikings (2)10-23693
2New England Patriots (9)10-23812
3Philadelphia Eagles (1)10-23591
4New Orleans Saints9-33286
5Pittsburgh Steelers10-23503
6Los Angeles Rams9-33345
7Seattle Seahawks8-43139
8Carolina Panthers8-42937
9Atlanta Falcons7-52668
10Jacksonville Jaguars8-428410
11Los Angeles Chargers6-625013
12Tennessee Titans8-427211
13Kansas City Chiefs6-620615
14Baltimore Ravens7-525514
15Dallas Cowboys6-619518
16Green Bay Packers6-619421
17New York Jets5-714824
18Oakland Raiders6-620119
19Buffalo Bills6-618416
20Cincinnati Bengals5-714220
21Detroit Lions6-619512
22Arizona Cardinals5-712321
23Washington Redskins5-714317
24Miami Dolphins5-711426
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-88625
26Houston Texans4-89623
27San Francisco 49ers2-105931
28Chicago Bears3-95229
29Indianapolis Colts3-95528
30Denver Broncos3-94927
31New York Giants2-102830
32Cleveland Browns0-121232

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.