Atlanta Falcons: NFC Power Rankings, Week 10

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Previous: . Detroit Lions. 16. team. 50. .

Enough ripping on the 2015 Detroit Lions. This is bad football team and everybody knows it. Getting blown out in London 45-10 by the Kansas City Chiefs left not doubt about where the Lions are at in 2015.

The offensive line needs a major overhaul. QB Matthew Stafford may not stick with the team beyond this season. Detroit needs to seriously re-evaluate and pick the best player available in the 2016 NFL Draft. That doesn’t necessarily mean go franchise QB if Stafford has left Motown. The Lions need help.

Dallas Cowboys. 15. team. 123. . . Previous:

It may serve the Dallas Cowboys to quasi-tank the rest of the way. Rather than finish around 6-10 when QB Tony Romo returns, they may want to get in the Top 10 in the 2016 NFL Draft and reap the benefits of one outlier of a down year.

The Cowboys haven’t lost six games in a row since Tom Landry was their head coach. I don’t blame HC Jason Garrett in any of this. Jerry Jones defending maniac DE Greg Hardy is appalling. So is this football team. I don’t think this team can win more than 4 games this year. It’s bad in Big D in 2015.

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42. . . Previous: . San Francisco 49ers. 14. team

The Blaine Gabbert Era is officially under way in the City by the Bay. Kaepernick Island is some large rock extending off Alcatraz if I had to guess. Even though the 49ers beat our Atlanta Falcons 17-16 last week, Gabbert is at least a suitable alternative to Kap going forward.

The Niners defense looked great on Sunday, especially in run defense. Though they have major injuries in the arsenal on offense, Gabbert has played quarterback in a worse situation in Jacksonville than he is in with San Francisco. I honestly hope he does well going forward. He’s appreciating his opportunity to start and is making the most of it.

team. 48. . . Previous: . Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 13

Tampa Bay is one of a few teams in the NFC that yo-yos on a weekly basis in these power rankings. I love their offense with QB Jameis Winston and OC Dirk Koetter. They have some great players in their front seven on defense. The problem has been the secondary and the defensive staff.

The Buccaneers are able to play competitively in 2015 and could finish within a few games of .500. Their future is tremendously bright. However, if they want to contend in the NFC as soon as next year, they need a new head coach, but keep OC Dirk Koetter on offense. Those seem like mutually exclusive entities at this point. They’re close, but entirely there just yet.

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