Saturday, November 14, 2020

Atlanta Falcons Week 10 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: 19.2 (18th)
  • Best ranking: 17th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

Let's focus on the positive: They've won three of four, and if Todd Gurley doesn't go into the end zone at the end of that Lions game, it's four straight. We won't talk about how they were up 34-13 with nine minutes left and still needed a defensive stop with 44 seconds left to preserve a victory over Denver.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

They have really turned things around under Raheem Morris. Is he earning a real shot to keep the job? It looks that way.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

Don't look now, but Atlanta is 3-1 under interim coach Raheem Morris and 2½ games out of the NFC's third wild-card spot. Stranger things have happened ...

ESPN -- Rank: 24

Recalibrated expectation: Get close to .500

Atlanta sports a 3-1 record in four games with Raheem Morris as the interim coach. The defense has lowered its average points allowed per game from 32 in the first five games to 23 over the past four. Starting with five consecutive losses created a sizable hole for the team to crawl out of, and the remaining schedule will be tough, but the Falcons aren't lacking in talent. If they can string together a couple of winning streaks, they could finish with a .500 record. That should be Atlanta's goal and it would put Morris in position to make a case for being the permanent coach. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 19

We don't know what the future holds for Matt Ryan in Atlanta, so Falcons fans should enjoy the greatest quarterback in franchise history while they can. Ryan was locked in on Sunday against the Broncos, throwing for 284 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-27 win. Ryan connected on five passes of 20-plus yards downfield and has completed at least 70 percent of his throws in each of the past four games. Atlanta has won three of four under interim coach Raheem Morris and would be in the thick of the NFC playoff race if not for a couple of unholy second-half meltdowns early in the season. Then again, Dan Quinn would still be head coach if not for those meltdowns, thus negating the hypothetical Raheem Bump. I'm not sure what was accomplished here.

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