Falcons flirt with top 10 across media’s NFL power rankings

NFL: AUG 05 Atlanta Falcons Training Camp

The Falcons are 2-0 for the first time since 2017, which is ironically the last time the club made an appearance in the postseason. Atlanta had a convincing comeback win over Green Bay, in which the Packers led by 12 points with less than 12 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Typically, the Falcons would’ve been on the other end of a fourth-quarter meltdown, but this is a different team. Last week, the Falcons rose universally across all NFL power rankings, and it’s more of the same after Week 2, inching closer to the top 10.

Sportsnaut: 9th (18th last week)

“It’s Bijan Robinson’s world and we’re just living it. While it’s typically a bad investment to spend a top-10 pick on a running back, Bijan Robinson is made differently. Give him the football 20-plus times with another 10 targets for Drake London plus some touches for Tyler Allgeier and Kyle Pitts, that can be an electrifying offense. It also might be just good enough to win the division.”

USA Today: 11th (17th last week)

“Undefeated Atlanta is running more than 56% of the time … and why not with Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier, arguably the league’s top RB tandem?”

The Athletic: 7th (12th last week)

“After the Falcons gained 446 yards Sunday, their second-highest total under coach Arthur Smith, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said, “They shredded us consistently,” which is a weird thing to hear about the Falcons. Atlanta is 11th in the league in offensive EPA per play (.03) and 2-0 for the first time since 2017.”

ESPN: 11th (23rd last week)

“The fourth-year cornerback still has his fifth-year option to play on in 2024, but how Atlanta handles his contract will be worth watching. At this point there’s little reason to believe Terrell would not get extended — he’s a team leader, one of the best young corners in the league and a franchise staple — it’s just a matter of when. That “when” could be close to the new league year as there’s precedent from Atlanta here. That’s when Falcons right guard Chris Lindstrom received his deal in March.” — Michael Rothstein

Photographer: Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire


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