The Associated Press college football poll is one of the most popular power rankings in all of sports, and the AP has decided to expand their football poll to the pros this year, with their first ever NFL power rankings.
Called the AP Pro32, the power rankings are voted on by a panel of 12 members that assign points based on ranking value. That is, a first-place vote is worth 32 points, and a 32nd-place vote is worth 1 point.
The New York Jets were ranked 20th Rant Sports’s offseason power rankings, and the AP Pro32 has the Jets ranked 17th in their inaugural NFL rankings.
The Green Bay Packers are atop the AP Pro32 preseason rankings, with 374 total points and 5 first-place votes. The Packers are coming off a 15-1 season in which they ultimately failed to defend their championship.
The New England Patriots and New York Giants, who met in Super Bowl XLVI, also received first-place votes, with the Super Bowl runner-up Patriots ranked second, and the defending champion Giants third.
As far as the rest of the AFC East goes, the Buffalo Bills, a trendy pick by many to make a run at the postseason this year, are ranked 19th. The Miami Dolphins narrowly missed the bottom five, ranked 27th.
The Jets’ goal is to be one of the best 12 teams in the regular season, in the top 6 in the AFC. That, of course, would give them a playoff berth, which is a big step towards the ultimate goal of a Super Bowl championship.