NFC South Power Rankings: Week 3 standings

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Sep 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) runs by New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) and New York Giants middle linebacker Uani

1. Atlanta Falcons
Last week: 1

Sometimes the ugly wins are the most impressive. Sure, fans love to see a blowout, but the ability to come from behind late in a game when the tide is truly against you is the sign of a talented team who believes in themselves.

This belief has been installed by Dan Quinn, and the team has a new aura of confidence so far. The defense has played fast and with energy, although it is clearly still a work in progress. On offense, a deep group of players are becoming more accustomed to a new system which could help it become even better.

Next up is a trip to Dallas, but this may be the best time to play the Cowboys. Tony Romo is out at least eight weeks and Dez Bryant will be out until late in the season too. They are going to need to figure things out with Brandon Weeden in under center, and there will be some issues early on. The Falcons can exploit that.

Next: Devonta Freeman will have a big game against Dallas