By Tim Graham
The Associated Press, long the purveyors of the most prestigious college football and college basketball polls, has decided to turn pro.
The AP has unveiled its first NFL Pro32 NFL power rankings. Once the season begins, a panel of 12 writers and broadcasters will update their ballots each week and share their reasons.
The Buffalo Bills rated 19th in the preseason poll. They were 10th among AFC teams and third in the division behind the No. 2 New England Patriots and No. 17 New York Jets. The Miami Dolphins, in case you were wondering, came in at No. 27.
A point system will determine the rankings each week with an inverted scale. The team that's rated first will receive 32 points, and the team rated last will receive 1 point.
To get you acquainted with the voters, here they are in alphabetical order with their Bills rating and comment. Click on each voter's link to see his complete ballot.
Chris Berman, ESPN
No. 14 -- Most excitement in Western New York in offseason in years.
Clifton Brown, Sporting News
No. 17 -- Really like team's offseason moves, but Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to be more consistent.
Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sports
No. 21 -- Could be dominant defensive line with Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus.
Rich Gannon, CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio
No. 14 -- Bills make playoffs if they avoid the injury bug.
Bob Glauber, Newsday
No. 24 -- Buffalo opened the vault for Mario Williams, but New England still owns AFC East.
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
No. 21 -- Bills now have pass rush in free-agent signees Mario Williams and Mark Anderson.
Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
No. 19 -- Big offseason moves, but still must beat New England.
Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
No. 23 -- Addition of Mario Williams keeps hope alive in Western New York.
Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com
No. 17 -- Great offseason puts Bills in situation to rush passer without blitzing. As long as Fred Jackson is healthy they will be playoff contenders.
John Lynch, Fox Sports
No. 20 -- Hope springs eternal after strong offseason led by signing of Mario Williams. Key to Bills' success is play of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Is he guy who cashed in after strong first half of 2011 or guy who struggled mightily in second half?
Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com
No. 12 -- NFL's longest active playoff drought (12 seasons and counting) is set to end thanks to defensive upgrades led by free-agent signing of pass-rushing beast Mario Williams and hiring of Dave Wannstedt as coordinator.
Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune
No. 25 -- Mario Williams can make a lot of players around him more effective, and he will need to in Buffalo.