2020 NFL Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons
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: 21.8 (22nd)
- Best ranking: 16th (The Athletic)
- Worst ranking: 26th (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 16
Cornerback A.J. Terrell has started 11 games and played 82 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps. The early returns have been positive. He's looked the part of a solid starting corner with upside. The Falcons' defense wasn't the problem in their Week 14 loss to the Chargers. Matt Ryan threw three interceptions, and Atlanta botched multiple opportunities late. EPR, however, continues to believe in the Falcons, likely docking them less than I am for the last-minute losses.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 26
It's time to focus on next season. They aren't good enough right now and it's likely going to mean Raheem Morris isn't the full-time coach next year.
USA Today -- Rank: 18
Matt Ryan may have bypassed Peyton Manning for most pass yards (54,846) through 13 seasons ... but WR Russell Gage was nevertheless Atlanta's best quarterback Sunday.
ESPN -- Rank: 26
The Falcons have lost six games by a touchdown or less, in large part because their defense has struggled in the red zone (29th of 32 teams) and can't consistently force late-game stops. Atlanta's running game has been stale, averaging 98.3 yards per game while not receiving the spark it expected from Todd Gurley II, but an offense that also has Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst performing at a middling level certainly points to playcalling. With the Falcons officially eliminated from playoff contention, it's time to turn the focus to 2021 and potentially moving on at quarterback while retooling other areas of the roster. -- Courtney Cronin
NFL.com -- Rank: 23
The Falcons and Chargers deserved each other on Sunday. Just two sub-.500 squads throwing off-target haymakers in an empty stadium. The teams combined for three interceptions in the final four possessions, playing a bizarre game of hot potato with an official NFL football. The last pick, which came on a poor throw from Matt Ryan, led to the Chargers' game-winning field goal as time expired. Ryan threw three interceptions in the second half; it was his first three-pick game since Week 2 of last season. The Falcons' offense never looks quite the same without Julio Jones, who missed another week with a hamstring issue. Given the circumstances of the season, you don't imagine Jones will be rushed back into action.
+ Previous update: Atlanta Falcons Week 14 NFL Power Rankings Roundup
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