Atlanta Falcons Only the 11th Best Team in NFL Heading into Next Year?

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Gil Brandt, Senior Analyst of, came out with his power rankings yesterday and he put the Falcons at number eleven. In the NFC, he's got us behind the Packers, Eagles (who he ranks at #3), 49ers, Giants, Saints and Lions. In the AFC, he's got us behind the Patriots, Texans, Ravens and Steelers.

Here's what he has to say about the Falcons:

Change is afoot in Atlanta with two new coordinators: Dirk Koetter on offense, Mike Nolan on defense -- both upgrades for the Falcons. Matt Ryan needs to take that next step for this team to follow suit. This is a make-or-break season for left tackle Sam Baker. Defensively, the Falcons still need to find a pass rusher. John Abraham turned 34 last month and Ray Edwards just isn't the impact player the Falcons thought they'd signed last offseason.

What do you think about those rankings? Is 11th fair or should we be a bit higher up on that list?

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