AP Pro32 NFL Power Rankings: Preseason Breakdown for All 32 Teams

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IAugust 2, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:   Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants may be the defending Super Bowl champions, but they are only third in the Associated Press' new NFL pro 32 power rankings. 

That would leave them two spots behind the Green Bay Packers, who were voted to the top spot. The Giants are also staring up at the New England Patriots, who own the second spot. 

The Patriots made some nice additions in the offseason, so it is not surprising to see the Super Bowl runners-up in the second spot. 

It is also not a shock to see the Packers in the top spot. This is the team that nearly rolled through the regular season undefeated, and it returns largely intact from last season. Still, the Giants have to feel slightly slighted, which seems to work out OK for them anyway. 

Notable Rankings

No. 10: Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos have been one of the hot topics this offseason, and that is thanks in large part to the huge acquisition of future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning

Despite this addition, the voters for the poll didn't appear to give the Broncos much of a boost. This is a team that advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs last season, and they are ranked No. 10 here. 

The hesitancy to give them a boost is understandable. It is still up in the air how effective Manning will be, and Denver also had a few key losses this offseason, like DT Brodrick Bunkley. 

No. 15: Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys will enter this season with a Super Bowl-or-bust mentality, but if these rankings are to be believed, it is going to be all bust. 

The Cowboys didn't undergo a tremendous amount of change via free agency, but they did get a huge pickup in the draft when they took talented corner Morris Claiborne.

This is a team that showed flashes of brilliance last season. If it can sustain those flashes, it can make some serious noise this year. 

No. 32: Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts were terrible last year. So terrible that they landed the No. 1 pick and were able to draft coveted QB Andrew Luck. 

The voters in this poll obviously do not feel that Luck will have an instant impact on the Colts success. Their 32nd rating is not terribly surprising. This team is now gearing up for the future, and rookie quarterbacks do not typically enjoy instant success—especially when they have questionable talent around them. 

The Poll

The AP poll is voted on by 12 members of the media. The Associated Press released the voters:

The voters in the ranking this year are 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; and Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune.

View the AP's release of the rankings here

Pos Team 2011 Record Points
1 Green Bay Packers 15-1 374
2 New England Patriots 13-3 369
3 New York Giants 9-7 362
4 San Francisco 49ers 13-3 336
5 Baltimore Ravens 12-4 315
6 Houston Texans 10-6 314
7 Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 308
8 Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 290
9 New Orleans Saints 13-3 272
10 Denver Broncos 8-8 271
11 Chicago Bears 8-8 257
11 Detroit Lions 10-6 257
13 Atlanta Falcons 10-6 255
14 Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 218
15 Dallas Cowboys 8-8 217
16 San Diego Chargers 8-8 216
17 New York Jets 8-8 189
18 Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 182
19 Buffalo Bills 6-10 169
20 Carolina Panthers 6-10 167
21 Tennessee Titans 9-7 162
22 Seattle Seahawks 7-9 137
23 Arizona Cardinals 8-8 115
24 Oakland Raiders 8-8 115
25 Washington Redskins 5-11 101
26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 100
27 Miami Dolphins 6-10 64
28 St. Louis Rams 2-14 55
29 Minnesota Vikings 3-13 49
30 Cleveland Browns 4-12 42
31 Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 31
32 Indianapolis Colts 2-14 26

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