Sunday, January 3, 2021

Atlanta Falcons Week 17 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: 21.6 (22nd)
  • Best ranking: 16th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 28th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

Keanu Neal, S: You could make the case for center Alex Mack, but he's 35. Neal battled injuries in 2018 and 2019, appearing in just four games combined. But he's stayed healthy this season and has played well. A hard-hitting strong safety, Neal will be just 26 at the start of next season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They played tough against the Chiefs, but they just can't find a way to win close games. It's been a tough season.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

WR Calvin Ridley has been their best player all season, producing (82 catches for 1,322 yards and 9 TDs) at a Julio Jones-type level.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

New Year's resolution: Get the setup right

Atlanta needs a new coach and general manager; because it fired Dan Quinn early, owner Arthur Blank was able to get a jump on potential candidates. The Falcons have shown life under interim coach Raheem Morris, but regardless of whom they hire they need to restore this team's second-half confidence. Atlanta outscored opponents by 67 points in the first half of games, fifth-best in the NFL. However, the Falcons were outscored by 68 points in the second half, the third-worst margin in the league. Atlanta clearly has some pieces in place but there's a reason it went 2-8 in games decided by a touchdown or less. -- John Keim -- Rank: 20

Younghoe Koo missed the 39-yard field goal attempt that ended the hopes of an upset win in Arrowhead on Sunday, but this is not the year to pile on the kicker. Koo has been brilliant all season -- and besides, the game is never on Koo's shoulders if Falcons CB A.J. Terrell comes down with a gift-wrapped interception that directly preceded the Chiefs' go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes. When Kansas City's all-world quarterback gives you an opportunity, you can't let it slip away. Said Raheem Morris: "We talked about Patrick Mahomes potentially throwing you a few, and when he throws them up there in the air, you've gotta come down with them." The Falcons have seven losses in one-possession games.

+ Previous update: Atlanta Falcons Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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