NFL Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons Get No Love in the AP NFL Pro32

By Michael Collins

It’s the August NFL list that has caused many a football fan to cringe, and sent many expletives flying into space.  The first ever AP NFL Pro32 Power Rankings (Pre-Season) are out, and the Atlanta Falcons find themselves down near the middle of the pack.

Now before you Atlanta fanatics head down to the local Wal-Mart and stock up on shotgun ammo, let’s take a look and see what those Associated Press voters had to say about the Falcons in 2012, and why they ranked them at number 13.

Oh, wait…sorry.  No explanations or summaries.  Just a list.  A list compiled by 12 panelists:

  • Chris Berman, ESPN
  • Clifton Brown, Sporting News
  • Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sports
  • Rich Gannon, CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio
  • Bob Glauber, Newsday
  • Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
  • Clark Judge,
  • Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
  • Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/
  • John Lynch, Fox Sports
  • Alex Marvez,
  • Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune

So since we don’t get any explanations from our honored NFL roundtable, then how about some points of solace for Atlanta fans.

The defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants are ranked third, behind the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots, (two voters even had them as low as fifth).

The Carolina Panthers, despite having a record-setting quarterback in Cam Newton, are ranked 20th.

Ok, so much for points of solace.

Now for the things that will really infuriate Falcons fans.

The New Orleans Saints are ranked 9th.

I’m going to type that again just so you know it wasn’t a typo or an editing slip-up.

The New Orleans Saints are ranked 9th.  This distinguished group of panelists honestly believes that a team that will be missing their head coach, general manager, and defensive leader for the entire season is better than the Falcons.

Also interesting to note that the Saints are also ranked above the Denver Broncos (10), Chicago Bears (11), and Detroit Lions (12).  Are you kidding me with this?

The Falcons should probably be in the top-10.  In fact, I would say that the Falcons and Saints positions should be completely reversed in this list.  Atlanta has overhauled their coaching staff, made additions to the offensive line that should show huge dividends, and has two of the most dangerous receivers in the entire league.

I’m sorry, but I’m not buying that the Saints and Drew Brees, with replacement head coaches (twice) and no GM, are better than the Falcons and Matt Ryan with the staff Atlanta has assembled.

This list is going to be updated and published on a weekly basis.  I think we’ve found the NFL equivalent to the BCS.

Here is the entire list.  View at your own risk:

Rank/Team/2011 Record/Points/Previous Rank  (First place votes in parentheses)

1 Green Bay Packers (5) 15-1 374
2 New England Patriots (2) 13-3 369
3 New York Giants (5) 9-7 362
4 San Francisco 49ers 13-3 336
5 Baltimore Ravens 12-4 315
6 Houston Texans 10-6 314
7 Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 308
8 Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 290
9 New Orleans Saints 13-3 272
10 Denver Broncos 8-8 271
11 Chicago Bears 8-8 257
11 Detroit Lions 10-6 257
13 Atlanta Falcons 10-6 255
14 Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 218
15 Dallas Cowboys 8-8 217
16 San Diego Chargers 8-8 216
17 New York Jets 8-8 189
18 Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 182
19 Buffalo Bills 6-10 169
20 Carolina Panthers 6-10 167
21 Tennessee Titans 9-7 162
22 Seattle Seahawks 7-9 137
23 Arizona Cardinals 8-8 115
23 Oakland Raiders 8-8 115
25 Washington Redskins 5-11 101
26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 100
27 Miami Dolphins 6-10 64
28 St. Louis Rams 2-14 55
29 Minnesota Vikings 3-13 49
30 Cleveland Browns 4-12 42
31 Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 31
32 Indianapolis Colts 2-14 26





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