The 2014 NFL power rankings and odds are out already, because of course they are. What might surprise you is how favorably many are looking at the Falcons.
We'll start with SB Nation's 2014 power rankings. These may look crazy—the Eagles are first?—but the mothership has the Falcons at #7 overall. Ryan Van Bibber and I were two of the few SBN editors to pick the Falcons to go to the Super Bowl, something we both live to regret.
The opinion of one dashing SBN editor may not do it for you, but consider this: Pregame.com has 2015 Super Bowl odds, and the Falcons are in the top ten.
SEAHAWKS: 7/1BRONCOS: 8/149ERS: 8/1PATRIOTS: 12/1PACKERS: 20/1SAINTS: 20/1FALCONS: 25/1BENGALS: 25/1PANTHERS: 25/1
Whether 2013 represented a one-year implosion or something more lasting is difficult to say, though we're all working overtime to figure that out. At least the entire world isn't leaving the Atlanta Falcons for dead.