Atlanta Falcons: NFC Power Rankings, Week 13

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Nov 26, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during the fourth quarter of a NFL game on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Detroit won 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

16. team. 123. . . Previous: . Dallas Cowboys

Dallas sort of saved their season in Week 11 by getting Tony Romo back and they won their third game of 2015. That moment of promise was hopelessly short-lived, as the undefeated Carolina Panthers went after Dallas like a buzz saw and eviscerated them on Thanksgiving Day, losing Romo in the process for the rest of 2015.

Without Tony Romo, the Cowboys’ season is officially over. It is in the team’s best interest to lay low, take some more losses, and finish with a record bad enough to pick in the Top 5 of the 2016 NFL Draft. Dallas seems like a team certainly belonging there now that Romo won’t play another snap this season.

15. team. 54. . . Previous: . Philadelphia Eagles

Nobody plans to get destroyed on national television on Thanksgiving Day. That’s exactly what happened to Chip Kelly, Mark Sanchez, and the rest of the 4-7 Philadelphia Eagles. The Detroit Lions absolutely crushed this rudderless football team.

The quarterback play has been abysmal in 2015 for the Eagles. Signing RB DeMarco Murray was disastrous. Chip Kelly may have had enough of the frustrations of coaching in Philly and may go elsewhere. Nashville and Los Angeles are better options at this point. The Eagles will be lucky to get to 6-10 this season after going 10-6 the previous two years under Kelly.

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

At least San Francisco hung tough with the juggernaut that is division rival Arizona, losing by a score to the Cardinals in Week 12 to fall to 3-8 on the year. This is the 49ers’ second consecutive non-winning season. Keep in mind the three previous to 2014-15 all had San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game or better.

San Francisco may seem to have it together somewhat on defense, but until they can develop some consistency on offense, they will struggle to win games in that new stadium of theirs. San Francisco would consider themselves lucky if they went 5-11 in 2015.

team. 51. . . Previous: . St. Louis Rams. 13

The St. Louis Rams are in a nosedive that we can’t ignore any longer. St. Louis and Atlanta have lost a conference worst four straight games. Unfortunately, the Rams’ slide looks worse since it began when they were 4-3.

When the defense isn’t getting stops, the running game is relying solely on one playmaker, and the passing game is the worst in football, it’s understandable why the St. Louis Rams are imploding. Owner Stan Kroenke has his mind set on relocating the team to Los Angeles. HC Jeff Fisher needs to go.

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