Atlanta Falcons: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#1)

Last week: 3 (+2)

Record: 7-0

I’m moving the Falcons into the #1 spot for the first time all season, but I’m still not sold. 4 of their 7 wins have come by a touchdown or less. They’ve been very reliant on winning the turnover margin, which is inconsistent on a week to week basis. They rank just 19th in yards per play differential and 4th in rate of sustaining drives differential. And they haven’t really played anyone of note, except Denver, and that was not the same Broncos team they are now. The Falcons could easily lose at home to the Cowboys this week.

Studs

QB Matt Ryan: 22 of 29 for 262 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 throw aways, 102.3 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 7 of 34 drop backs (1 sack, 3 scrambles, 1 of 3, 1 throw away)

RB Jacquizz Rodgers: Rushed for 60 yards (53 after contact) on 8 carries, 1 broken tackle, caught 5 passes for 20 yards on 5 attempts

LG Justin Blalock: Did not allow a pressure on 42 pass block snaps, run blocked for 10 yards on 3 attempts

WR Julio Jones: Caught 5 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown on 5 attempts on 36 pass snaps, 15.8 YAC per catch, 1 penalty

ROLB Stephen Nicholas: 5 solo tackles, 2 stops, 1 quarterback hurry on 5 blitzes, 1 penalty, allowed 2 catches for 18 yards and a deflection on 5 attempts

SS William Moore: Allowed 1 catch for 0 yards on 2 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 quarterback hit on 5 blitzes

Duds

RB Michael Turner: Rushed for 58 yards (47 after contact) on 24 carries, 2 broken tackles, 1 fumble, caught 1 pass for 6 yards on 2 attempts

RG Peter Konz: Allowed 1 sack and 2 quarterback hurries on 42 pass block snaps, run blocked for 3 yards on 5 attempts

CB Asante Samuel: 4 missed tackles, allowed 3 catches for 45 yards on 6 attempts, 1 pass deflection

DT Jonathan Babineaux: Did not record a pressure on 44 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 stop

DT Peria Jerry: Did not record a pressure on 22 pass rush snaps, no tackles

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