Rankings Roundup: Falcons Mostly Maintain

Rankings Roundup: Falcons Mostly Maintain

Jay Adams

Published November 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Below is a look at some power rankings from around the Web. The Falcons fell a spot to No. 3 in Bleacher Report’s power rankings while they maintained across the board in the rest of the rankings.

NFL.com Power Rankings – “Big ups to the Atlanta Falcons’ defense. Mike Nolan’s unit continually bailed out Matt Ryan, who threw five picks against the Arizona Cardinals. The defense has not been dominant, or even formidable, but it has been quite effective at limiting big plays in the passing game. The Falcons have allowed only 26 pass plays of 20-plus yards (tied for sixth in the NFL) and just aren’t giving opposing offenses any gimmes down the field.” This Week: 2; Last Week: 2

NFL.com Week 11 Power PollThe Falcons went without first-place votes again this week, but still finished ahead of San Francisco and behind Houston. This Week: 2; Last Week: 2

ESPN.com Power Rankings – “It’s tough to argue with a 9-1 record unless you’ve watched the Falcons play lately.” This Week: 2; Last Week: 2

CBSSports.com Power Rankings – “The past two weeks have exposed some of their deficiencies. They better fix them or they could be a one-and-done in the playoffs again..” This Week: 2; Last Week: 2

FoxSports.com Power Rankings – “With five interceptions on Sunday, quarterback Matt Ryan clearly wasn’t at his best. But it says something about a team that can find a way to win even with a minus-5 turnover differential.” This Week: 3; Last Week: 3

Bleacher Report Power Rankings – “At some point, the Atlanta Falcons’ habit of playing close will come back to haunt them. It may be in the playoffs, but it will happen. Guaranteed. The Falcons have won six games by less than seven points and lost another by four. The way the team plays down to their competition (no offense, Arizona) has to be a concern for a team that’s supposed to be the NFC’s best ballclub. It’s just tough to see the Falcons being a dominant team who can run away with the conference. To be fair, they don’t have to be dominant, they just have to win. And that’s something the Falcons are doing a lot of this year. A team that can find a way to overcome five interceptions by their quarterback has some serious heart. Two more wins and they clinch the NFC South.” This Week: 3; Last Week: 2

Pro Football Weekly: – “Doubt in Atlanta seeping in after a rough early showing vs. Arizona.” This Week: 2; Last Week: 2

Pro Football Talk: – “When a team can have six turnovers and still win, that’s a pretty good team. (Then again, it may have had something to do with the fact that the team it was playing is pretty bad.).” This Week: 2; Last Week: 2

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