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NFL Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons Still Sit In Top 10

The Atlanta Falcons are fresh off a 31-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers and they come in at No. 8 in this weeks' ESPN NFL Power Rankings. Matt Ryan and the Falcons host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night in a crucial game for the Falcons as they try and make a push for one of the NFC playoff spots. The Jaguars come in at No. 26 this week. via

After facing Jacksonville on Thursday, the Falcons get 10 days to prepare for a huge game vs. the Saints. (Sando)

The Jaguars have placed 27 players on injured reserve this year -- more than half a roster. (Kuharsky)

The Falcons come in at No. 10 in this weeks' Fox Sports NFL Power Rankings while the Jaguars come in at No. 26. via

Trailing by 16 at halftime, it looked like the Falcons would continue their up-and-down season. But instead, they kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in the second half, and put up 24 points of their own. QB Matt Ryan found some chemistry with rookie WR

Congratulations to Mel Tucker on his first win as a head coach in the NFL, and it came in dominating fashion. I have said it once, and I will say it again . . . MJD is the best unheralded player in the NFL.

The Falcons come in at No. 8 in this weeks' CBS sports Power Rankings and the Jaguars come in at No. 22. via

The Falcons have to play more up-tempo with Matt Ryan. The schedule is favorable down the stretch, starting Thursday against the Jaguars.

Blaine Gabbert showed some life to his game against the Bucs. That's something this team needed in the worst way.

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