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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
1Los Angeles Rams (12)6-03841
2New England Patriots4-23694
3Kansas City Chiefs5-13592
4New Orleans Saints4-13523
5Minnesota Vikings3-2-13059
6Baltimore Ravens4-230810
7Philadelphia Eagles3-327415
8Pittsburgh Steelers3-2-129012
9Cincinnati Bengals4-22925
10Los Angeles Chargers4-231111
11Miami Dolphins4-223217
12Seattle Seahawks3-321719
13Dallas Cowboys3-317423
14Washington Redskins3-221318
15Chicago Bears3-22328
16Carolina Panthers3-22456
17Green Bay Packers3-2-125314
18Houston Texans3-317621
19New York Jets3-315024
20Detroit Lions2-314420
21Jacksonville Jaguars3-32067
22Atlanta Falcons2-412827
23Cleveland Browns2-3-112316
24Tennessee Titans3-315213
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-310122
26Denver Broncos2-48125
27Buffalo Bills2-47826
28San Francisco 49ers1-54932
29New York Giants1-54628
30Oakland Raiders1-51431
31Arizona Cardinals1-53630
32Indianapolis Colts1-54229

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 will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.