NFL Power Rankings 2012: Atlanta Falcons still at No. 2

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In most power rankings – including SB Nation's – the Falcons are behind only the Houston Texans as the best franchise in the league this season.

The Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans remain tied for the best record in the NFL, but the edge still belongs to Houston, at least according to the major power rankings. SB Nation has the Falcons still at No. 2, as both Atlanta and the Texans won close road games this week:

2. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2, 5-0): For the second straight week, the Falcons won with a less-than-impressive game. But credit to them -- 5-0 is still the best record in the NFL. Their offense and defense are ranked in the top 10. They have Oakland coming up and then a bye before heading to Philly. They may not lose until November.

Pete Prisco kept the Falcons steady at No. 2, over at CBS:

Good teams overcome early mistakes on the road, which they did against the Redskins. The Falcons are rolling.

ESPN has the same 1-2 combo of the Texans and Falcons, touting Atlanta's ability to win the ugly close ones.

The Falcons are 3-0 in games decided by TD or less. They were 1-2 in their final three such games last season.

But wait - what's this? NFL.com dropped the Falcons to No. 3 in favor of the en vogue San Francisco 49ers.

Atlanta eked out a win for the second time in as many weeks, with the Washington Redskins falling just short this time around. A win is a win, I suppose. Good to see Julio Jones haul in 10 passes after totaling 10 catches over the previous three weeks combined. Meanwhile, it appears Michael Turner has nine lives in the Atlanta offense. Every week we hear about the 30-year-old running back being phased out, but he still carried the rock 18 times and scored the winning touchdown with less than three minutes remaining. The Falcons will need him to continue closing out games.

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