NFL Power Rankings: Falcons Reach Top 5

Sep 17, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons players Thomas DeCloud (28), and Rober James (51) and John Abraham (55) run onto the field before the game against the Denver Broncos at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Broncos 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Falcons rose in NFL power rankings after their win over the Denver Broncos. The Falcons are in the top five in most NFL rankings.

The Atlanta Falcons are up in the top five of the major NFL Power Rankings lists after Monday's win over the Denver Broncos. In the SB Nation Power Rankings, the Falcons are ranked No. 4, up from No. 10 after week one. Joel Thorman wonders if the balance of power in the NFC South has shifted:

Kind of like the Texans, it seems too quiet around this team. They dominated the Chiefs and beat the Broncos in primetime. With the Saints at 0-2, do we have a new NFC South king?

In both the ESPN.com and NFL.com power rankings, the Falcons have risen to No. 3, up from No. 6 in both polls. Blogger Mike Sando considers Monday's win a statement game defensively for the Falcons.

Mike Nolan's defense made a statement against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

The Falcons play the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, kickoff scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

For more on the Atlanta Falcons, check out the SB Nation blog The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta. For more news and information on the rest of the NFL, check out SB Nation's NFL Hub Page.

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