Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Atlanta Falcons Week 11 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: 18.6 (18th)
  • Best ranking: 16th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

Congratulations to Falcons fans for not having to sit through potential heartbreak last week while the team was on its bye. Per Football Outsiders, the Falcons have the league's toughest remaining schedule, although they could catch a break by not having to face Brees in either of their matchups against the Saints.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

If they can somehow find a way to beat division-rival New Orleans this week, they will be in the playoff chase. That's hard to believe.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

Six of their final seven opponents are at least 6-3, which includes two dates apiece with New Orleans and Tampa Bay. Atlanta could be quite the spoiler.

ESPN -- Rank: 24

What would they take back: Onside kick blunder in Week 2

Ever wonder where the Falcons might be today had one of three players fallen on an onside kick in Week 2? It was a comedy of errors and allowed Dallas to complete a comeback from 15 points down in the final five minutes. It set the tone for head coach Dan Quinn to be fired after a Week 5 loss to the Panthers as well as perhaps for other fourth-quarter collapses that ensued. Not since 1933, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, had a team that scored 39 points and had no turnovers lost. If Atlanta could have that moment back and started the season 1-1, there's no telling where it might be in the NFC playoff picture. -- David Newton -- Rank: 18

Todd Gurley is having an odd season. He remains one of the best "closers" in the league when it comes to finding the end zone -- scoring nine touchdowns in as many games. But the TDs provide cover for the hard truth that Gurley is nowhere close to the player he was at his peak in Los Angeles. When you factor in his yards per carry (3.7), Pro Football Focus ranking (55th out of 57 running backs heading into Week 10) and -- of course -- the boneheaded decisions against the Lions and Panthers in back-to-back weeks that cost Atlanta one win and nearly another, and, yeah, it's fair to ask how much value he's bringing to Atlanta. Playing on a one-year deal, Gurley's future is murky.

+ Previous update: Atlanta Falcons Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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