The Detroit Lions are ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press' first-ever "AP Pro32" poll, which was released Tuesday.â†µ
The poll, which is akin to the AP Top 25 poll in college football, ranks each of the NFL's 32 teams. It compiles votes given by a 12-person panel. A panelist's No. 1 team gets 32 points, and the last-place team gets one.â†µ
The Green Bay Packers claimed the top spot with 372 points, just 12 points shy of the maximum. The No. 2 team was the New England Patriots (369), and No. 3 was the New York Giants (362).â†µ
The Lions were tied at No. 11 with the Chicago Bears. Each team earned 257 points, 14 points behind the 10th-place Denver Broncos. The Minnesota Vikings were the only NFC North team not in the Top 11; they were No. 29.â†µ
The panel of voters is made up of names that a lot of NFL fans will recognize: Chris Berman, Cris Collinsworth, Bob Glauber, Rich Gannon and other pundits.â†µ
The last-place team was the indianapolis Indianapolis Colts, who received just 26 points.