Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Atlanta Falcons Week 8 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Atlanta Falcons rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 25.4 (25th)
  • Best ranking: 22nd (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 29th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Falcons fans are granted permission to smack anyone who uses the term "win probability" around them. Even after Todd Gurley mistakenly scored a touchdown, the Lions still had to go 75 yards in 64 seconds for the win. Atlanta's defense allowed completions of 22 and 29 yards with the game on the line. Since 1990, there have been 41 teams that have started 1-6 through seven weeks. Only the 2001 Chiefs got to that record with a better point differential. Atlanta is doing this in pretty much the most gut-wrenching way imaginable.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

They find new ways to lose games every week. On Sunday, they lost by scoring a touchdown. Think about that.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Will Arthur Blank interview Raheem Morris as his full-time head coach even though an 11-0 interim stint is now out of the question? Morris might need some momentum to carry him into the owner's office.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Who needs to step up: Interim coach Raheem Morris

Morris might have lost his chance to be a prime candidate for the Falcons' permanent coach when they fell to Detroit on Sunday. But what if Morris leads the Falcons to a 10-1 record? The reality is, Morris isn't just auditioning for Falcons owner Arthur Blank; Morris is essentially auditioning for a coaching position for every team that will have any kind of opening on its staff next season. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 25

The Falcons always find a way ... just not in the way their fans would like. Who else but this team could turn a go-ahead touchdown run with 1:04 to play into the opening salvo of another football tragedy? Matthew Stafford needed just 64 seconds to take the Lions 75 yards to a game-winning touchdown after Todd Gurley's accidental score, and Atlanta was again the talk of the league for the worst possible reason. You wonder if Dan Quinn watched the end of this latest collapse. As he sat on his couch with a beer and a bowl of popcorn, did he lament no longer being part of the action? Or was he relieved to be free of the Falcons' enduring pain? Let us know, DQ.

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