Falcons No. 2 in special teams

Judging the play of special teams is kind of similar to judging offensive lines. There isn’t one particular statistic that tells the whole story and there’s no obvious formula to follow.

But Football Outsiders came up with a pretty detailed formula to rank the play of special-teams units throughout the league. They have the Atlanta Falcons ranked No. 2.

After that, there’s a sharp drop-off in special-teams play for the rest of the NFC South. Tampa Bay is No. 18 and Carolina No. 19. The Saints are No. 22.