NFL Power Rankings: Falcons Just Outside Top 10

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons rolls out of the pocket as he looks to pass against the New York Giants during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons check in at No. 11 in SB Nation's updated NFL Power Rankings

Now that the major free agent signings are done and the 2012 NFL Draft is completed its time to take a look at how each team looks at this point of the offseason. SB Nation's Joel Thorman released his updated NFL power rankings and the Green Bay Packers have taken over the top spot from the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.

In the last edition of the rankings the Atlanta Falcons were at No. 9. The new rankings have Atlanta dropping a couple of spots to No. 11.

11. Atlanta Falcons (10-6, LW: 9): History says Michael Turner will soon start breaking down. They need one more productive season out of him because this team can be special.

Drafting offensive lineman with your top two picks of your draft can help build depth but doesn't generate a ton of PR for your picks.

Elsewhere around the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints come in at No. 7 despite their controversial off season. The Carolina Panthers come in at No. 15 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 25 in the inaugural rankings.

For more on the Atlanta Falcons check out The Falcoholic. For more news and notes from around the NFL head over to SB Nation's NFL page.

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