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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons

Throughout the 2022 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 13 roundup for the Atlanta Falcons in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Realistic expectation: Being in the playoff conversation entering Week 17.

Atlanta is a half-game out of first place in the NFC South and faces one team with a winning record -- Baltimore -- the rest of the season. Plus, the Falcons still have games against the Saints (Week 15) and Bucs (Week 18), which could spell the difference between being NFC South champs and out of the playoffs. The fact that we're still talking about this speaks to how Atlanta has overachieved this season and put together strong game plans to maximize what the team does well (run the ball, control clock).

NFL.com -- Rank: 25

Sometimes your season comes down to one play. It's too soon to say if Marcus Mariota's final pass near the goal line at FedExField on Sunday will qualify as such for the Falcons, but it certainly felt like it after the deflected attempt was picked off by Kendall Fuller to seal a damaging loss to the Commanders. Atlanta again ran the ball with efficiency -- 167 yards on 29 carries -- but Washington was even better on the ground in a 176-yard effort. A surprise loss by the Bucs keeps the Falcons on the fringes of the NFC South race, but Arthur Smith's team profiles as your classic also-ran. A competitive, respectable also-ran ... but an also-ran nonetheless.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

Losing at Washington isn't a good thing, but in the NFC South they are still alive. They have competed in almost every game this season, which is a good thing.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

They're on pace to rush for 2,720 yards this season, which would place them among Atlanta's four best running teams in franchise history — the other three all featuring QB Michael Vick.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

The NFC South is this year's argument for why division winners should not automatically be granted a home playoff game. There's no real logical reason why, say, an 8-9 Falcons team should host a 13-4 Cowboys team in the wild-card round of the playoffs. But here we are anyway.

At 5-7, the Falcons are just a half-game behind the Bucs for the NFC South lead with the Panthers and Saints only a game behind them. Austin Mock's playoff odds still heavily favor the Bucs with a 79.1 percent chance of making the postseason. Everything could come down to the Week 18 game between the Falcons and Bucs in Atlanta.

Would the Falcons already be in the playoff picture had they not flirted with Deshaun Watson in the offseason and kept Matt Ryan?

The Ringer -- Rank: 18

Offensive tackle Kaleb McGary should be a priority re-sign target for the Falcons regardless of whether they're able to survive their deflating loss to the Commanders in Week 12 to make the playoffs. The no. 31 pick in the 2019 NFL draft, McGary has quietly been one of the league's top right tackles and a surprising anchor to the Falcons' highly successful rushing attack. He ranks third behind Trent Williams and Christian Darrisaw in Pro Football Focus's run-blocking grade, and he's allowed just 12 total pressures all season. Though Atlanta declined to pick up his fifth-year option last offseason, the team can right that wrong by signing the 27-year-old McGary to an extension before he tests free agency in March.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 18

Now that Kyle Pitts is out for the season, we can complain how Drake London isn't getting enough targets. After a great start to London's career, he hasn't had more than 40 yards in a game since September. London was the eighth pick of the draft, the Falcons are desperate for playmakers on offense, and yet they can't get him involved. It doesn't make much sense.

PFT -- Rank: 18

They just keep hanging around.

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