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As Voted by John Clayton

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Pittsburgh Steelers (9)11-23814
2New England Patriots (1)10-33621
3Philadelphia Eagles (2)11-23633
4Minnesota Vikings10-33522
5Los Angeles Rams9-43265
6New Orleans Saints9-43236
7Carolina Panthers9-43188
8Jacksonville Jaguars9-43079
9Atlanta Falcons8-527911
10Tennessee Titans8-524110
11Seattle Seahawks8-52767
12Baltimore Ravens7-624512
13Los Angeles Chargers7-626413
14Kansas City Chiefs7-623414
15Green Bay Packers7-620818
16Dallas Cowboys7-620616
17Detroit Lions7-619616
18Buffalo Bills7-618719
19Oakland Raiders6-715815
20Miami Dolphins6-716524
21Arizona Cardinals6-715123
22Washington Redskins5-813021
23New York Jets5-810820
24Cincinnati Bengals5-810822
25Denver Broncos4-98430
26Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-96826
27Houston Texans4-97725
28Chicago Bears4-96929
29San Francisco 49ers3-107727
30Indianapolis Colts3-103428
31New York Giants2-112731
32Cleveland Browns0-131232

John Clayton

Started covering the NFL in 1972 at the age of 18 writing Pittsburgh Steelers stories for the St. Mary’s Daily New and covered the Steelers while in college at Duquesne University. Hired by the Pittsburgh Press in 1976 and was on the Steeler beat until moving west and covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune from 1986 through 1998. Working part time at ESPN before being hired by ESPN in 1998 to cover the NFL. While still under contract at ESPN, currenting hosting a sports talk show from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. pacific at 710 ESPN Seattle. This season doing the opposing teams sidelines on the Seahawks broadcast for 710 ESPN Seattle and is the main fill-in on Movin’ the Chains on SiriusXMNFL Radio. Voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the winner of the McCann Award.

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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.