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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)3-03841
2Philadelphia Eagles2-13517
3Kansas City Chiefs3-03674
4New Orleans Saints2-131615
5Carolina Panthers2-129312
6Miami Dolphins3-030213
7Jacksonville Jaguars2-13322
8Minnesota Vikings1-1-12853
9Baltimore Ravens2-126116
10Washington Redskins2-122622
11Tennessee Titans2-123123
12Cincinnati Bengals2-124110
13Atlanta Falcons1-22229
14Pittsburgh Steelers1-1-123418
15Denver Broncos2-121111
16Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-12438
17Chicago Bears2-123017
18Green Bay Packers1-1-12376
19New York Giants1-29329
20Cleveland Browns1-1-112726
21New England Patriots1-22465
22Los Angeles Chargers1-215414
23Seattle Seahawks1-213225
24Detroit Lions1-211430
25Buffalo Bills1-28232
26Dallas Cowboys1-210119
27Indianapolis Colts1-29224
28New York Jets1-28721
29Oakland Raiders0-33127
30San Francisco 49ers1-26420
31Houston Texans0-33428
32Arizona Cardinals0-31331

Week 4

Poll released: Sep 25

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.