NFL Power Rankings: Falcons, Packers drop in Week 9

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Nov 1, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) reacts after turning the ball over in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome. The Buccaneers won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports


Last week: 8
Change: -2

If you get beaten by the better team, you can accept it. But when you drop a divisional game at home due to a series of unforced errors, it’s tough to stomach. Atlanta turned the ball over four times in the loss to Tampa Bay, three times in Bucs territory and twice in the red zone.

Julio Jones had the ball stripped away from his grasp by Kwon Alexander, and Alexander intercepted Matt Ryan on a ball that should never have been thrown. Let’s put those two down to good defensive plays. But a snap that rolls across the ground and a fumbled handoff to Devonta Freeman in the red zone is simply unacceptable.

Playoff teams don’t make the mistakes the Falcons are making, and they have wasted an opportunity to improve to 7-1. The schedule is still favorable and they have a great shot, but it’s got that little bit tougher.

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