The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a playoff berth and are expected to again contend for the postseason in 2012.
The Falcons come in at No. 13 on the SB Nation power rankings heading into camp. The order was determined by ballots for all 32 SB Nation NFL bloggers with the rankings averaged out.
SB Nation's Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, is expecting big things.
The Atlanta Falcons are in a transition year, albeit one where they should remain a contender. The team is returning most of the roster that won them a playoff berth in 2011, but now boasts an upgrade at defensive coordinator in Mike Nolan and a potential upgrade on the offensive side in the form of Dirk Koetter. It will take the team some time to gel, but with potent weaponry in Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Michael Turner, not to mention a secondary that features Brent Grimes and Asante Samuel, they're poised to surprise the naysayers.