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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons

Throughout the 2021 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:

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

New Year's resolution: Get line help -- on both sides

In reality, this could double as a gift for quarterback Matt Ryan and cornerback A.J. Terrell -- two of Atlanta's best players. One of the things Falcons head coach Arthur Smith wants his team to be is physical on the lines -- and despite the other holes on his roster, that is where to start when looking at the offseason. Atlanta continues to be unable to create a pass rush -- no Falcons player has more than 4.5 sacks (Dante Fowler Jr.) or 12 quarterback hits (Grady Jarrett) -- and too often, quarterbacks sit back and pick apart Atlanta's secondary, even with Terrell. On offense, Ryan has been sacked at least once in every game but two. In half of Atlanta's games, he has been sacked three times. So fixing the fronts has to be a major priority for the Falcons if they want to take a step forward in 2022. -- Michael Rothstein

NFL.com -- Rank: 22

The Falcons saw their slight playoff hopes drift away in the frigid air of Orchard Park in a 29-15 loss that could have turned out much differently with better execution. The Falcons forced three turnovers -- all Josh Allen interceptions -- but stalled on the Buffalo side of the field too many times to beat a Super Bowl contender on the road. Congrats are in order for Kyle Pitts, who exited the game with a hamstring injury but not before becoming the second rookie tight end in NFL history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving. The kid is a future superstar.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They have some tough decisions to make after the season. Matt Ryan coming back is one of them.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

LB Foyesade Oluokun, a Yale product, has double-digit tackles in 11 games this season, the most for any NFC player this century.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Future MVP: Kyle Pitts. It seemed inconceivable that the freakishly athletic tight end could live up to his immense hype in his rookie year. Then Pitts played and the angels sang -- while fantasy football players in TD-heavy scoring leagues groaned. If you're a disciple of the "Seinfeld" theory of "Even Steven," imagine how often Pitts might find the end zone next season.

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