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Falcons Take Massive Leap in ESPN NFL Power Rankings

The Atlanta Falcons were scorned throughout the spring and summer for not making the futile attempt at acquiring Lamar Jackson.

The mainstream media tended to ignore the foundation head coach Arthur Smith and general manager Terry Fontenot built on offense. They ignored the significant upgrades the Falcons made on defense through free agency.

After a 2-0 start, it seems some of the doubters are coming around… especially ESPN.

In the latest round of NFL Power Rankings from ESPN, the Atlanta Falcons have jumped a whopping 12 spots from No. 23 to No. 11.

Unfortunately, they don’t add any commentary for their rationale on the big move. However, the Falcons have the No. 14 scoring offense and the No. 8 scoring defense in the NFL, and those numbers along with a 2-0 record help justify the leap.

ESPN’s theme this week from the league of beat writers was players contracts to watch. Michael Rothstein, the Falcons’ beat writer for ESPN, chose A.J. Terrell.

“The fourth-year cornerback still has his fifth-year option to play on in 2024, but how Atlanta handles his contract will be worth watching,” wrote Rothstein. “At this point there’s little reason to believe Terrell would not get extended — he’s a team leader, one of the best young corners in the league and a franchise staple — it’s just a matter of when.

“That ‘when’ could be close to the new league year as there’s precedent from Atlanta here. That’s when Falcons right guard Chris Lindstrom received his deal in March.”

We’ve said all along that power rankings don’t win games. If the wins come, the national recognition will come. The Falcons are 2-0 with a feeling that their offense is just scratching the surface.

They face a stern-road test on Sunday against the 1-1 Detroit Lions. ESPN considers the Lions a 3.5-point favorite.

Just another chance to prove the doubters wrong.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

2 Replies to “Falcons Take Massive Leap in ESPN NFL Power Rankings

  1. Beating two rebuilding teams with rookie QB’s does not a successful season make. How far will they fall with a unsuccessful game against Detroit ? How far will they rise if they defeat the Lions in Detroit ? It’s too soon in the season to take any ratings seriously.

    1. You’re right. But beating two rebuilding teams is a step in the right direction for a team that has been rebuilding. We picked the Falcons to go 10-7 and had them 2-1 after 3 with a loss in Detroit. They don’t have to be Super Bowl contenders to be moving in the right direction. Progess….

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