The Atlanta Falcons were ranked as "contenders" in preseason power rankings by NFL.com, putting them in the middle of the pack with a lot of teams who may or may not make the most of their potential. "Atlanta has to be better than steady in a brutal division," the rankings note. That ranking fits well with where the Falcons ended up in a survey of all 32 of SB Nation's NFL bloggers. In those rankings, the Falcons ended up No. 13.
With talent like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Michael Turner the Falcons are always going to be a threat. Surrounded by the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers, though, they won't be able to afford many mistakes if they want to make the most of the 2012-2013 season.