Thursday, September 17, 2020

Atlanta Falcons Week 2 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: 20.2 (21st)
  • Best ranking: 17th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

What we learned: They continue to be one of the NFLs most frustrating teams. For some reason, with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter decided to go with a run-heavy game script. Ryan padded his stats late (450 passing yards), but the offense couldnt keep pace with the Seahawks, and the defense got shredded. This felt like the first half of the 2019 season all over again for the Falcons.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

The defense was bad against the Seahawks, which is a change from the way they played late last season. It doesn't get any easier this week at Dallas against the Cowboys.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

QB Matt Ryan threw for league-high 450 yards Sunday and overtook John Elway for ninth in all-time passing yards ... though Elway has more "ice."

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Best rookie debut: OG Matt Hennessy
He played just 18 snaps coming off a knee injury, but the third-round pick performed well, rotating with starter James Carpenter at left guard. Hennessy helped open a hole for Brian Hill's 10-yard run on his very first play. His most impressive snap was blocking Rasheem Green and Bruce Irvin on a third-and-6 to give Matt Ryan a little more time to throw. -- Vaughn McClure -- Rank: 24

Give the Falcons this: They put together a beautiful box score on Sunday. Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards and two scores. Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Justin Gage each had nine catches and all went over 100 yards for the day. Todd Gurley began his Falcons career with an even 4.0 yards per rush and TD. But the defense had zero answers for the Seahawks' Russell Wilson-led passing attack, and too much of Atlanta's offensive fireworks occurred after the game was already decided. Dan Quinn's team plays from behind too often -- Week 1 felt too much like what we saw last season.

+ Previous update: Atlanta Falcons Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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