Pro32: Head to Head

The AP Pro32

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As Voted by John Clayton

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

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.