Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Atlanta Falcons Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Atlanta Falcons in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

Non-QB MVP: S Jessie Bates III

Atlanta's biggest splash free agent signing, Bates provides stability in the back end and leadership off the field. He's leading the team in interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (2) and tied for third on the team in tackles (60). He has been a big part of an improved Falcons defense that has kept the team in games while the offense sorts things out week after week. -- Michael Rothstein -- Rank: 20

The Falcons have lost five of seven games, seemingly adrift in search of an offensive identity. It's tough when switching between quarterbacks. Taylor Heinicke will get at least one more chance after his up-and-down start against the Vikings, with coach Arthur Smith saying Monday the position would be reassessed going into the Week 11 bye. Heinecke's interception tilted the game in Minnesota's favor, part of a tough second half (6-for-15 passing) for the veteran QB. The Falcons moved the ball but settled for four field goals early. Bijan Robinson is apparently a part-time back now, sharing time with Tyler Allgeier. And the defense allowed 31 points to Jaren Hall and Joshua Dobbs. Their road to the playoffs could end up hinging on the two remaining games against the Saints, a team that has had Atlanta's number for years now.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

So much for the change at quarterback changing things up. They are heading in the wrong direction and changes could be coming if they don't turn it around.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

Remember, this is the team that decided it wasn't worth trying to sign QB Lamar Jackson to an offer sheet earlier this year.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Report card: C-minus

In the third year under coach Arthur Smith and general manager Terry Fontenot, the Falcons have lost three of four. They have given up a season high in points in each of the last two weeks, and a quarterback change this week didn't change their offensive fortunes. Taylor Heinicke threw a critical interception against Minnesota, and Desmond Ridder might get his job back this week.

FOX -- Rank: 19

Fortunately for the Falcons, they play in an infinitely winnable division. But my goodness, these are missed opportunities. One week after they got outdueled by a rookie quarterback in his first start, they lost to a quarterback who had never taken a snap with his new team. These aren't the types of losses you can typically afford.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 20

The Joshua Dobbs story is great. Here's the flip side: The Falcons lost at home, after leading, to a team with a quarterback who was literally getting plays explained to him in his headset as they were called in. A loss like that has to start the heat on head coach Arthur Smith, who talks like he has all the answers but might not have any.

PFT -- Rank: 18

The defense let them down in the clutch against the Vikings.

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