2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Rams climb after shutting out Cardinals in London

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13. Atlanta Falcons (7)

Whether they want to admit it or not, everybody assumed the Atlanta Falcons had revenge on their mind when traveling to Foxborough this weekend to take on the New England Patriots after everything that took place in the Super Bowl last February. Even if it won’t bring the Falcons a Super Bowl ring, defeating the defending champions in front of their own fans would have at least made Matt Ryan and company feel a little better.

Instead, the struggles continued for Atlanta on both sides of the football, as this team just couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the football. In fact, it took the Falcons until late in the fourth quarter to record their first score of the game against the Patriots when Julio Jones hauled in his first touchdown of the season, which shows how bad this season has gotten for the defending NFC champions.

With three losses in a row following a 3-0 start, it’s becoming clearer just how much Atlanta misses having Kyle Shanahan at offensive coordinator. Because when looking at some of the play calling by the Falcons against the Patriots, embarrassing doesn’t even begin to describe some of the failed attempts.