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

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Fantasy surprise: RB Cordarrelle Patterson

Entering the season, there were a lot of questions about how Patterson would fit into Atlanta's offense behind Mike Davis. It turns out, he isn't as much behind Davis as he is partnered with him. Patterson has been used as a running back and as a receiver -- leading to rushing and receiving touchdowns on Sunday against Tampa Bay. In both real life and fantasy, he has been one of Atlanta's best players. -- Michael Rothstein

NFL.com -- Rank: 29

When the Falcons took over deep in their own territory with 13 minutes to play on Sunday against the Bucs, they had scored the game's last 15 points and were in position to take the lead. The next six possessions played out like this: three-and-out (punt), Bucs TD, Bucs pick-six, turnover on downs, TB turnover on downs, Bucs pick-six. From 28-25 to 48-25 in nine minutes of game time. Credit the Falcons for being more competitive than they were in Week 1, especially on the road against the defending champs, but early returns don't paint an optimistic picture in Atlanta.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

The way their offensive line is playing, you have to wonder if Matt Ryan will make it through the season. They competed against Tampa Bay, but the offensive line is bad.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

What does a team that's already been outscored by 49 points have to look forward to? Maybe Kyle Pitts becomes the first rookie tight end to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in the Super Bowl era (since 1966)?

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

Of all the things the Falcons were going to have to worry about this year, Matt Ryan shouldn't have been one of them. But after two weeks, the Falcons haven't been able to rely on consistently decent quarterback play a veteran like Ryan should be able to provide. The pivotal moment in last week's loss to Tampa might have been a badly shanked punt -- hardly Ryan's fault -- but a pair of subsequent interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns, are inexcusable mistakes.

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