NFC South: 2012 Week 5 NFL power rankings

The weekly ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings are out and the Atlanta Falcons are holding steady at No. 2.

The Falcons rank behind only the Houston Texans for the second straight week. Four of the five voters had the Falcons at No. 2, but Jamison Hensley ranked them No. 1.

After the Falcons, there’s a huge drop-off to the rest of the NFC South teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losers of a close game to Washington on Sunday, dropped two spots to No. 22.

The Carolina Panthers fell one spot to No. 23, after a last-second loss to Atlanta.

Despite losing to Green Bay, the New Orleans Saints stayed put at No. 28. The Saints were protected from a fall because the four teams behind them last week all remained behind them.

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