The latest edition of the ESPN.com Power Rankings is out and it has given Thursday night’s game between Atlanta and Baltimore added significance.
The game is now a matchup of the No. 1 Ravens and the No. 3 Falcons and the highest-rated team from the AFC against the NFC’s top-rated team.
With several AFC teams struggling over the weekend, the Falcons jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 and held off the New York Giants, who are one spot behind them, among NFC teams.
The New Orleans Saints, despite a huge win in Carolina, moved up only one spot to No. 9 as the NFC South kept two teams in the top 10.
In an interesting development, Tampa Bay actually moved up one spot (to No. 13) after a close loss to Atlanta. I know a lot of Tampa Bay fans have been complaining that the Bucs don’t get a lot of respect. But that’s a pretty good show of respect when you move up in the rankings despite a loss.