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NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Atlanta Falcons Break Into Top 10

The Atlanta Falcons rose up many power rankings lists after their 40-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in week one. In the SB Nation Power Rankings, the Falcons rose three spots to break into the top 10 at No. 10:

Scoring on your first eight possessions to open the season is alright. The Falcons punted once in a 40-point beat down against the Chiefs in their own place, Arrowhead. The Matt Ryan/Mike Smith combination has yet to win a playoff game. This sure looks like the team to break that trend.

However, in the, and National Football Post power rankings, the Falcons are ranked No. 6 in each of them.'s Mike Sando says that this is now officially Matt Ryan's team:

Looks like the formerly run-oriented Falcons are officially Matt Ryan's team.

On, the Falcons are ranked slightly ahead of the Chicago Bears at No. 7 and six points behind the Denver Broncos at No. 5. On the National Football Post, they say that a new prolific quarterback-receiver combo is emerging in Atlanta:

Send a memo out to the league that Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are going to put up big numbers this season.

For updates on the Falcons, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more in-depth coverage, check out Falcons blog, The Falcoholic. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, head over to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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