The Atlanta Falcons aren't a team anyone has a hard time taking for granted. In fact, for reasons I'll never understand, many NFL fans can't stand the Falcons. So despite their offense's impressive showing last night and despite the fact that they're in sole possession of first place in the NFC South, they didn't fare as well in this week's power rankings as you'd maybe think.
Hold your breath here, folks. Take a look at who is in first place in the NFC South. Sure, the Falcons were kind of in this position last year -- though not alone in first place like they are coming out of Week 3. Jon Gruden wondered aloud about the pass rush during the Monday night telecast. It's a weakness. It's also not worth discounting two road wins in as many weeks. And if you are a fan in Atlanta, and you own Tevin Coleman in fantasy, you might be in such a happy-go-lucky mood that you endorsed 50 people on LinkedIn.
The Falcons have now scored a franchise-record 104 points through their first three games but somehow have only a plus-13 point differential. If the Falcons can keep up the scoring, they can take a firm hold of the NFC South with a victory over the Panthers this week.
SB Nation: 15th
Yahoo Sports: 16th
The duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, along with the great Julio Jones, gives the Falcons a lot of ways to move the ball. I'm still not sure about the defense, but it's a good start for Atlanta.
Washington Post: 14th
The offense looked unstoppable Monday night in New Orleans. But that might say more about the Saints' defense than it does about QB Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense.
Bleacher Report: 17th
Come take a look at the best running back tandem in football. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman can't be stopped. The Saints tried; they gave up 296 total yards to the two ball-carriers. Coleman doubled his career touchdown total and then added a third score for good measure.
Your thoughts? Where would you rank the Falcons?