Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Atlanta Falcons Week 6 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 6 roundup for the Atlanta Falcons in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Fantasy surprise: TE Kyle Pitts

Pitts was off to a rough start (as was the entire Atlanta offense not named Bijan Robinson) in fantasy, with fewer than five fantasy points in two of the first four weeks. So, that's been a disappointment for those who manage Pitts. But a reason to believe might be on the horizon. Pitts had seven catches for 87 yards (on 11 targets) in Week 5 and looked more like his 2021 form, where he had over 1,000 yards receiving and was a Pro Bowler. -- Michael Rothstein -- Rank: 16

Desmond Ridder delivered the performance on Sunday that some critics said he couldn't, which was a huge development for this team. He made several big throws, but none were bigger than the 23-yarder to Drake London with under a minute remaining -- after a low snap, and with pressure in Ridder's face. From there, the Falcons just had to drain the clock and turn it over to their kicker. This game checked a lot of boxes, with Ridder, London, Kyle Pitts, Bijan Robinson and Atlanta's underrated defense playing big roles in the victory. We'd still love for the Falcons to score more points, but they are 3-2, and aside from Tampa in Week 7, none of their opponents before their Week 11 bye are currently above .500. Atlanta is back in good shape to contend for the NFC South crown.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

Desmond Ridder showed a lot in leading the Falcons to a game-wining field goal against the Texans. They bounced back nicely after a bad showing in London.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

If you know anything about the NFL, and running backs in particular, best to appreciate their genius while you can. Thankfully, Bijan Robinson has been putting his on display week in and week out, Sunday's TD catch-and-run a thing of beauty.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

Running back Bijan Robinson, the No. 8 pick, has made Atlanta's offense better and more fun. Robinson is the second-leading rookie rusher (364 yards on 67 carries) and is tied for the team lead in receptions (21). He also leads the NFC in plays that make you want to rewind your television. He had another one Sunday when he caught a touchdown pass behind his back. Second-round pick Matthew Bergeron has been the Day 1 starter at left guard.

FOX -- Rank: 14

So much hype and attention on C.J. Stroud, so much criticism of Desmond Ridder. But the beauty of the NFL is that none of it mattered when Ridder got the ball, down by two with 1:49 to play, and led the Falcons to the game-winning field goal. It was the best day of his career. Can he keep it up?

Yahoo! -- Rank: 18

The Falcons' schedule is really soft. The only teams they play the rest of the season that currently have a winning record are Tampa Bay (twice), New Orleans (twice) and Indianapolis. Atlanta can beat bad teams, we have seen that. It's possible the Falcons could fall into 10 wins without beating anyone good.

PFT -- Rank: 15

Desmond Ridder delivered, just as the calls for Taylor Heinicke were getting very loud.

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