After the Atlanta Falcons managed to stomp the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, they started drawing significant recognition from analysts all around the league. However, some critics still aren’t completely sold.
Let’s see how the Falcons fared in the power rankings this week.
– CBS Sports, No. 3: Pete Prisco says Matt Ryan looks much more comfortable this year. This was the highest ranking the Falcons received out these sports outlet.
– Fox Sports, No. 5: Brian Billick writes, “Of all the stellar QB-WR combinations in the NFL, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may end up being the most explosive this season. Trading for Asante Samuel just became a whole lot more important with the season-ending injury to Brent Grimes, but not having three solid CBs may haunt them in the NFC South.” Billick witnessed the Falcons season opener firsthand from the broadcast booth, and he seemed impressed with Atlanta’s play. It will be interesting to see how his point on Grimes plays out in the coming weeks, as they take on several elite quarterbacks soon.
– ESPN, No. 6: “Looks like the formerly run-oriented Falcons are officially Matt Ryan’s team,” said Mike Sando. A general consensus after Week 1, Ryan is clearly ready to be the star of the show in 2012.
– NFL.com, No. 7: “If anyone is going to throw for 5,000 yards this season, it just might be Matt Ryan,” said Elliot Harrison. “All signs in the preseason pointed to a throw-it-around-the-park offense, and while Ryan only attempted 31 passes, much of that was due to Atlanta holding a 40-17 lead late in the fourth quarter.Impressive win all around in Kansas City.”
– Yahoo! Sports, No. 7: Zac Wissink writes, “I understand some people refusing to give the Falcons respect at this early stage of the season. Having Atlanta out of the top ten of 2012 Week 2 NFL power rankings does, however, seem quite silly to me.” The Falcons failed to make the top ten in just one major list, the one below.
– Pro Football Talk, No. 11: “The fact that five Internet hacks weren’t sufficiently impressed with Sunday’s performance to keep the Falcons at least where they were before the game underscores the fact that the Falcons won’t get respect until they command it,” said Mike Florio. Somehow the Falcons dropped a spot in PFT’s rankings from the week prior. Hard to see the logic in that decision, but a win Monday night against the Broncos should certainly spur some respect in their minds.