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As Voted by Jenny Vrentas

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

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.