Falcons move to No. 1 spot in ESPN power rankings

falcons.1112FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have used a three-game home winning streak to improve to 7-2 and climb to the top of ESPN’s power rankings.

The Falcons’ 7-2 mark is the best in the NFC.

If they are going to stay on top, they will have to prove their  mettle on the road.

The Falcons play four of their next five games on the road.

If you count their last two exhibition games, the Falcons opened the season playing six of eight games on the road.

“We have a part of the season, albeit part of it was in the preseason, that we’ve gone on the road almost twice as much as we’ve been at home,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Playing on the road is a big challenge.”

The Falcons 2-2 on the road this season. They have road victories over New Orleans and Cleveland. They have road losses to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

“This season, so far we’ve had some success on the road,” Smith said. “We’d like to have a little bit more.”

With ESPN’s No. 1 power ranking and with the best record in the NFC, the Falcons will now have teams gunning for them.

“We try not to concern ourselves with what our record is and the record of the team that we are playing,” Smith said. “We try to come in, and I know it gets harder from week to week, we come in and we try to do what we have to do to get better. . . We feel like it’s all about us and not who we are playing.”

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FrontRow

November 17th, 2010
7:18 am

The only #1 ranking that means anything is the one in February.

head-mo-fo

November 17th, 2010
7:22 am

Lets all hope that this Power Rankings climb doesn’t go to our heads. We had a huge win against Baltimore that I think showed we are a good team at home. We had a let down game against Philly that showed that we still have some work to do on defense. At some point this season we will put together a full 60 minute game much like we did against Arizona. Clearly placing us at #1 in the Power Rankings will not enable us to fly under the radar any longer. The hunter will know become the hunted.

David

November 17th, 2010
7:23 am

Our DBs still worry me, They are to small.

head-mo-fo

November 17th, 2010
7:29 am

FrontRow your right. All of the games must still be played and let’s be honest here. The Giants, Philly, Green Bay and the Saints will all be playing great football in the playoffs… While I like our chances at home, none of our opponents have forfieted so far this season. I hope the Falcon chatter dies down a little, we need to focus on handling our buisness, not Power Rankings. Mike Smith needs to keep our guys hungry and humble.

FalconUGAFan

November 17th, 2010
7:33 am

Yep…many more tests ahead..The Ravens at home was a big win no doubt…but we have a tough up and comer on the road and we better not go in with the big head..Frontrow said it best…#1 in February is the only one that counts. I’m just glad we are in the mix for once.

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gabeaux

November 17th, 2010
7:43 am

ESPN does college rankings, too. Look how much they change.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 17th, 2010
7:46 am

Atlanta now gets ESPN’s #1 power ranking. That makes me very nervous. When was ESPN ever right on any thing?

JB

November 17th, 2010
7:47 am

This team is a long way from Jerry Glanville putting that big Trophy on the sidelines in San Francisco, and then getting beat by 45 points. !!!!!!

SimpleDawg

November 17th, 2010
7:51 am

Will someone please tell the Falcon players that the 3rd quarter counts in the final totals of the game?

JONESBORO SLIM

November 17th, 2010
7:57 am

@Ledbetter

Whats the deal with your “Blog”?..why are the EARLYEST comments start from the bottom up…is it me or you?

go birds

November 17th, 2010
8:11 am

JONESBORO SLIM

November 17th, 2010
8:12 am

Hey what happen to my comment?

dave

November 17th, 2010
8:28 am

this just must eat at the gut of all the nay-sayers….yes the falcons REALLY are tough….hope they prove it again this weekend although the Rams are better than they have been

Damage Inc.

November 17th, 2010
8:33 am

I just don’t want all the Fox pregame hosts to ever pick Atlanta. If you remember they all picked them against Philly.

Falcon X

November 17th, 2010
8:34 am

I’m hoping the birds don’t let down. It’s nice to see the falcons executives build the team the right way. Good GM, Good Coach, Solid QB, Best WR in the league, Hall of Fame TE, two monster truck RB’s… and Lighting Macquine at DE… did I miss anything?

cwltank

November 17th, 2010
8:36 am

besides the Phily game I think the Falcons played well. Pittsburgh really was our measuring stick. We will see them in the Superbowl. lol

Roy

November 17th, 2010
8:38 am

I love the Falcons but i really think the Eagles are the best team now!

SawThat1nce

November 17th, 2010
8:39 am

I don’t think that the power rankings really mean that much.
The Falcons being 7-2 and on top of the NFC South is what counts.

SeenThisB4

November 17th, 2010
8:39 am

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, ….

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

GT Alum

November 17th, 2010
8:39 am

So much for the Falcons being the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL. I honestly had to disagree with that article when it came out, though. Several analysts were talking up Ryan through the offseason, and the Fox analysts have been very complimentary to the Falcons after most games. It’s nice to see them getting some recognition from the national media. Now, they just need to finish the job. How about two expansion teams from the mid-60s winning their first championships in back-to-back years?

ESPN: Blows Like The WInd

November 17th, 2010
8:40 am

Love Us or Hate Us, no one cares about your “rankings” anymore, ESPN!

ESPN has become a pandering, politically correct tool for liberalism, and I no longer get my NFL and sports coverage from that abomination.

Thanks to NFL Network, the Internet & SIRIUS NFL 124, I don’t have to get tolerate Stuart Scott or Chris Berman or any of the other Obama-foot-kissing leftists on ESPN.

ESPN = The Way of the Dinosaur

PlanB

November 17th, 2010
8:50 am

ESPN: BLTW – Well said

willdave

November 17th, 2010
8:53 am

Being placed at the top of ESPN’s power rankings is significant in that the Falcons generally have never had the respect of the national media. As a lifelong fan of this team, I am really proud of this number one ranking, although I fully understand the Birds will have to back it up on the field. So far, they have done just that. And I sincerely believe they will continue to do so.

GO FALCONS!!! FEBRUARY FOOTBALL THIS YEAR!!!

PlanB

November 17th, 2010
8:55 am

DOL – Please fix the format. I read left to right and top to bottom

Fellow ESPN Hater

November 17th, 2010
8:59 am

I also now hate ESPN and don’t care how high or low they rank us.

ESPN used to be my favorite channel and sports escape for the everyday stresses of life. Now, all I ever see on there is political correctness and hypersensitivity and blind praise & worship for the current Prez.

I’d rather watch FOX SPORTS or the NFL CHANNEL now than even look at SportsCenter and the socialist hacks on that Bristol, CT broadcaster for even 30 seconds! ESPN is now like a cheating & verbally abusive ex-girlriend I would like to push off a bridge!

Linda Cohn? Don’t even get me started!
GO, FALCONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jelly Sandwich Meat

November 17th, 2010
9:01 am

Is this the BCS? Do rankings in the NFL matter? Who cares about media coverage and respect? What sort of simple, inane lives do you all have if power rankings in the NFL mean this much?

How many of you want a play off system for college football? If so, then DON’T give any credence to these, or any other rankings.

SawThat1nce

November 17th, 2010
9:02 am

ESPN:BLTW..@8:40am…….Did you hear Rush or one of the Faux News talking heads say that? Are those your own original thoughts?
Don’t you have a Tea-Bagger’s meeting to attend this morning?

Tea Party Meber

November 17th, 2010
9:12 am

We R the Tea Party not tea baggers. U dont like are views? Than go back to Russia!

Falcon Jim

November 17th, 2010
9:22 am

Sawthat 1nce,

“Tea-b~~~ing” is a lewd term put forth by liberal gays to rile conservatives. If you know the derivation of the term, you wouldn’t use it. In fact, it should be deleted.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 17th, 2010
9:23 am

What al this talk of Power Rangers?

SawThat1nce

November 17th, 2010
9:24 am

Tea Party……..don’t you just love those tea-bags?

Joe Tess Fish House

November 17th, 2010
9:27 am

My favarite is the greene Power Ranger.

Camaro Bob

November 17th, 2010
9:33 am

I lik da red Power Rannger. Just lik mi camero.

Falcon Jim

November 17th, 2010
9:36 am

There is a lot of difference between the ESPN and the Fox Sports rankings. Just goes to show, one “expert” must not be as smart as the other “expert.”

Mr. Mustard

November 17th, 2010
9:40 am

Actually “Tea Baggers” was the original name chosen by the Tea Party until they realized the implications and quickly changed it. You would not know that because you get your (false) information from the wingnut bubble of edited videos and Frank Luntz talking points.

Be scared! Be very scared! Brown people are trying to take your stuff!! Of course, Wall Street and corporations are actually taking your stuff, but you keep listening to Fox Noise.

By the way, the Tea Party in Boston in 1773 was in revolt against the East India Tea Company’s monopoly on the tea trade in the colonies. The giant corporation was getting favors from King George. Sound familiar? Corporations getting all the money, and sticking it to the citizens.

If it were 1773, you would be marching against the Patriots who staged the Boston Tea Party, but you don’t know that either do you, you Fox puppet?

Pathetic.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

November 17th, 2010
9:42 am

There are several power rankings available for Week 11 of the NFL and they are all different in terms of who they rank number #1. As many have stated, it really doesn’t matter, in the grand scheme of things, who is ranked where from a week to week basis. What matters is where the team ends up at the end of the year.

This is still a young developing team and even if they don’t get to the Super Bowl this year, they have played some exciting games and there are positive signs of things to come in the future. There are still a few missing pieces, e.g., CB, OL, etc., but I’m confident that these problems are going to be addressed over time. GO FALCONS!!!!!

Falcon Jim

November 17th, 2010
9:46 am

Mr Mustard………..Mr Pathetic.

On your knees. Bow to the new socialist regime. Here’s some chap-stick.

Mr. Mustard

November 17th, 2010
9:47 am

Although the Falcons have shown they are capable of beating anyone, I don’t believe we are in the elite just yet.

I think Indianapolis, New England, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and both N.Y. teams are as good if not better. Especially the physical teams of Pittsburgh and Philly, and both beat us this year as you all know.

We will get there in a year or two, I believe and stay there as long as Dimitroff is G.M. but not quite yet. However, if we get home field advantage and first seed, we are good enough to win it all this year.

Thankfully, the Green Bay game is in Atlanta, and we should take both against the Panthers. St. Louis should be a win for us, so we can finish with 11 wins I think. Get a lucky bounce again, and we……could…..go………all………..the…….way!

Mr. Mustard

November 17th, 2010
9:49 am

Yep, all yot got is insults like a 8th grade school boy, and no I won’t bow to you or anyone. LOL.

Falcon Jim

November 17th, 2010
9:52 am

I sure didn’t say bow to me! After all, I’m only in the eighth grade, so that would be a statutory problem.

O G Falcon Fan

November 17th, 2010
9:54 am

D-Led, why have yall changed the way the coimments come up on the blog. i like it better the other way.

Falcon Jim

November 17th, 2010
9:55 am

And why do liberals feel this “need” to defend a LEWD term?

SawThat1nce

November 17th, 2010
10:00 am

@9:47…….Exactly what is an elite NFL team in 2010? The Falcons could beat any one of the teams that you mentioned, and they could be defeated by any one of them. In fact, any team could beat any other team, if like you say, the ball bounces the right way.

Mr. Mustard

November 17th, 2010
10:02 am

Hey wingnut tea bagger, do you know the NFL is……….SOCIALIST?!

They share revenues equally from television contracts, meaning the worst teams are guaranteed revenue from the best teams and largest markets.

They also practice collective bargaining with the players’ union. Shouldn’t you be screaming to break up the players’ union, and dismantle the NFL?

The NFL, that bastion of masculinity and Americana is socialist. Yikes!

The NFL is SOCIALIST and practices socialism and is the best freaking sports league on the planet.

Chew on that ditto.

Tea Party Meber

November 17th, 2010
10:02 am

Mr Musturd U R makin that stuff up. The Tea party is to fight the govrnent from turning us socilasts and giving all R money 2 welfare moms on crack and illeagle aliens.

johnny

November 17th, 2010
10:03 am

The PACK is coming for the Dirty Birds Nov. 28th

Saints LSU

November 17th, 2010
10:04 am

just say hello to mr bush he’s back & thomas now brees & co gonna go to work 3 rank D now the O is ready

Tea Party Meber

November 17th, 2010
10:04 am

Go back 2 russia comrade!

johnny

November 17th, 2010
10:05 am

why are we talking poltics? This is an article about football!