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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 10 roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Bold second-half prediction: TE Kyle Pitts will top 1,100 receiving yards.

Pitts is on pace for 1,160 yards, which would set a rookie record for receiving yards as a tight end -- snapping a 60-year-old NFL mark. He has taken big steps as a pass-catcher as the season has gone on, and not only should he break Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's mark if he stays healthy, he should shatter it. -- Michael Rothstein

NFL.com -- Rank: 20

The Falcons deserve a trophy for figuring out how to unlock Cordarrelle Patterson. The veteran is one of the greatest special teams players in history, but it's taken until his ninth season for a coach -- hello, Arthur Smith -- to transform him into a consistent offensive weapon. Patterson was at it again in a dramatic win over the Saints, piling up 136 scrimmage yards, including the dramatic 64-yard catch-and-run that set up Younghoe Koo's 29-yard field goal as time expired. Patterson played the role of savior after a hideous fourth-quarter collapse summoned ghosts of 28-3. Said Patterson after the win: "We just like to give our fans a heart attack, just to keep them on their toes, make sure they are paying attention." We're watching.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

They are 4-4 after their impressive road victory over the Saints. Matt Ryan is having an outstanding season to get this team into the playoff race.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

The best thing about this team has to be QB Matt Ryan's kids, the "Ice Cubes." How else to explain why Atlanta (4-4) is presently a playoff team?

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

Are they good? Not really. Knocking off New Orleans in the Superdome is impressive, but it gets a QB asterisk. And the Falcons' other three wins are by a combined 12 points, against teams that are a combined 7-19. They still have the Jaguars and the Lions on the schedule, so they'll continue to be on the cusp of the last wild card, but something like 7-10 is almost worse than 4-13 -- this team would be picking 19th in the draft. Without Calvin Ridley right now, without a consistent run game, without any player with more than two sacks, this is an incomplete team that will struggle to keep up with most average or better opponents.

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