Atlanta Falcons: NFC Power Rankings, Week 17

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The San Francisco 49ers a five-way tie for the longest active losing streak in football at three games. Since defeating the Chicago Bears in overtime at Soldier Field in Week 13, the 49ers have gone back to looking like the worst football team in the NFC.

The roster needs serious overhauling and perhaps the coaching staff does as well. Of every team in the NFC, the 49ers have the most uncertainty around their club going into 2016. They are certainly picking in the top ten in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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

Only one more game remains before the disastrous 2015 NFL season for the Dallas Cowboys will come to an end. What 2015 proved to us is that this team is awful without quarterback Tony Romo. Without their Pro Bowl passer, this team plays nearly directionless football.

Dallas should rebound in 2016 with a healthy Romo, but should also benefit from an outlier season. The Cowboys will have great opportunities to get strong collegiate players, as Dallas is undoubtedly picking in the top ten this spring.

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New York Giants. 14. team. 31. . . Previous:

The Giants are 14th because they looked unbelievably uninspired in Week 16’s 49-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, ultimately costing the Atlanta Falcons are outside shot at making the NFC Playoffs. Not having wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. due to his Week 15 behavioral issues gave the Giants’ offense almost no life.

I expect that big changes are coming in New York a week from today. The Tom Coughlin era is likely coming to an end in the Big Apple. New York has missed the NFC Playoffs four straight years and perpetual mediocrity in a so-so division isn’t tolerable anymore for the Mara Family.

team. 57. . . Previous: . Chicago Bears. 13

The good news is that the Chicago Bears passed their 2015 win total with a 26-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, giving the Bears six wins on the season. The problem is that the roster is very much incomplete and that the Bears are still probably the worst team in the NFC North.

At 6-9, the Bears have an outside shot at picking in the top ten of the 2016 NFL Draft. However, the NFC has six teams with that record and eight teams in the NFL will finish no better than 6-10 this year. Chicago needs more talent on their roster, so trading up into the top ten seems likely if they don’t get there on their own.

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