NFC South Power Rankings: Preseason Week 4 standings

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Aug 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

2. Atlanta Falcons

The offensive line play was tough viewing against the Dolphins. Once again it seems the Falcons get exposed against strong defensive fronts. Matt Ryan was sacked three times on just ten drop backs, and Tevin Coleman was barely afforded any room on his NFL debut.

It’s not time to panic just yet, though. It’s preseason and this was always going to happen with an offensive line learning a completely new system. Thankfully for Atlanta, the offense is loaded with playmakers. Ryan is among the best quarterbacks in the league and Julio Jones is an elite wide receiver. Behind Jones, the Falcons can turn to veteran Roddy White, Leonard Hankerson and rookie Justin Hardy.

The most exciting part of preseason has been on defense. The Falcons seem to have finally discovered the meaning of pass rush, with new additions Vic Beasley and Adrian Clayborn putting in outstanding performances. These two could form a dangerous duo on defense this season, and they have been elevating the play of everyone around them.

A combination of better defense and a top offense is going to need to come together for the Falcons to reach the playoffs, but so far it’s looked good.

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