The Green Bay Packers sit atop the recently released Associated Press Pro32 Power Rankings.
The Pro32 is meant to imitate the AP Top 25 polls for college football and basketball.
So I guess this means if teams want to impress the voters they’ll have to start running up the score.
The Packers, who finished last year 15-1 but sans a title, were voted the NFL’s top team. They are followed by the New England Patriots, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Ravens.
So let me get this straight, the Giants oust the Packers from the playoffs at Lambeau Field, then defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, but are still ranked behind both of them? Already the poll is making friends.
Unlike the AP Top 25 college football poll, the AP Pro32 means absolutely nothing. It’s fluff. It’s internet fodder. It’s conversation starters for fans between games.
With that being said, this poll does have more credence than other power rankings. That’s because it’s voted on by a panel of 12 football pundits who represent a wide swath of publications/networks.
Love them or hate them, the dozen dudes that get to split hairs over who is number 17 and who is number 18 know their football.
The panel includes Chris Berman, Cris Collinsworth, and Clark Judge. Two former football players are also involved in the voting, Rich Gannon and John Lynch.
Furthermore, the panel covers four networks, three prominent Web sites, three local newspapers, and two national publications. So the AP Pro32 has far more points of view then similar polls.
AP Pro32 Voting Panel
Chris Berman, ESPN
Clifton Brown, Sporting News
Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sports
Rich Gannon, CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio
Bob Glauber, Newsday
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com
John Lynch, Fox Sports
Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com
Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune
The Pro32 has a diversity you won’t find anywhere else. That’s why even the Pro32 is completely meaningless but still maintains a shred of significance. It’s only been out a few hours and already it’s the definitive NFL power ranking.
Enough of that, who are the bottom five teams? The best parts of power rankings are the bottom five teams not the top five.
The Indianapolis Colts come in at number 32. They’re preceded by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and St. Louis Rams.
The poll will be updated on Sept. 4, the day before the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys to begin the NFL season. From then on the poll will be updated weekly.
I wonder how long it will take for some lazy local sports department to do a story about the local team being named number one on the AP Pro32?
|1||Green Bay Packers (5)||15-1||374||–|
|2||New England Patriots (2)||13-3||369||–|
|3||New York Giants (5)||9-7||362||–|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||13-3||336||–|
|9||New Orleans Saints||13-3||272||–|
|16||San Diego Chargers||8-8||216||–|
|17||New York Jets||8-8||189||–|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||7-9||182||–|
|26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4-12||100||–|
|28||St. Louis Rams||2-14||55||–|