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10th according to Harris poll.

                               2006  2007  2008  2009  2010
Dallas Cowboys 2 1 1 1 1
Indianapolis Colts 3 2 3 4 2
Green Bay Packers 4 4 5 6 3
Pittsburgh Steelers 1 3 4 2 4
New Orleans Saints 31 =21 17 24 5
New England Patriots 5 6 2 5 6
New York Giants 9 7 7 8 7
Minnesota Vikings 21 =19 12 10 8
Chicago Bears 6 5 6 3 9
Atlanta Falcons =23 28 27 13 10
Arizona Cardinals 29 29 24 16 11
San Francisco 49ers 8 9 11 11 12
Philadelphia Eagles 7 8 8 7 13
Denver Broncos 11 16 15 12 14
Washington Redskins 16 12 =9 =17 15
New York Jets 22 17 =9 20 16
Houston Texans 28 31 26 23 =17
Oakland Raiders 10 11 13 21 =17
Baltimore Ravens 30 =26 28 26 19
San Diego Chargers =23 10 18 =14 20
Miami Dolphins =13 =14 16 =17 =21
Tennessee Titans 15 =26 25 9 =21
Carolina Panthers =13 =14 19 25 23
St. Louis Rams 26 =23 =30 30 24
Kansas City Chiefs 20 =23 =22 =27 25
Cleveland Browns 19 13 =22 22 26
Cincinnati Bengals =23 18 32 29 =27
Tampa Bay Buccaneers =17 =21 21 19 =27
Buffalo Bills 27 30 20 =27 29
Detroit Lions =17 25 29 31 30
Seattle Seahawks 12 =19 14 =14 31
Jacksonville Jaguars 32 32 =30 32 32

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Harris is one of the top, if not the top polling agency. Their polls are usually accurate. The poll question was "What are your two favorite National Football League teams?"

Ahh, I see. That can alter it a bit then. Especially considering our "story" over the past few years, that we're winning now, and people were asked about their 2 favorites...it makes a little more sense.

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Ahh, I see. That can alter it a bit then. Especially considering our "story" over the past few years, that we're winning now, and people were asked about their 2 favorites...it makes a little more sense.

Yeah, you'd usually ask for 2 when you're trying to get consensus, and avoid a regional bias.

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I'm not sure I buy that. It would be great, but I've met maybe 2 or 3 other Falcons fans the whole time I've lived in DC. I don't recall meeting many when I lived in Nashville aither. I guess maybe there are a lot of College Die-Hards that just stated that the Falcons were their favorite since they don't follow the NFl very close.

I will admit, I was surprised how many I saw in New Orleans.

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I'm not sure I buy that. It would be great, but I've met maybe 2 or 3 other Falcons fans the whole time I've lived in DC. I don't recall meeting many when I lived in Nashville aither. I guess maybe there are a lot of College Die-Hards that just stated that the Falcons were their favorite since they don't follow the NFl very close.

I will admit, I was surprised how many I saw in New Orleans.

I'm up in the DC area too, so I know just like you do they are few and far between up here. However, it's not uncommon for me to meet Redskins fans who might say, "You know I kind of like the Falcons."

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AJC has now picked up the story. (From AJC )

Falcons crack 10 most popular teams list for first time

It's amazing what a little fire and ice -- and back-to-back winning campaigns -- can do for a team's image.

Two years ago, the Falcons, coming off the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal and another losing season, ranked as the 27th most popular team in the NFL, according to an annual poll by Harris Interactive.

This year -- led by Michael "The Burner" Turner and Matt "Matty Ice" Ryan -- the Birds rank 10th, up three spots from 2009. Their previous high was 18th in 1999, the year they made their only Super Bowl appearance.

Judging by the rankings, compiled from 2,620 adults participating in an online survey just prior to the 2010 season, pro football fans tend to be front-runners. The New Orleans Saints, fresh off their first NFL title, jumped from 24th to 5th. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks, following Jim Mora Jr.'s one-and-done head coaching stint, dropped from a tie for 14th to 31st (out of 32).

There are a few anomalies. Despite coming off the worst season in franchise history, the St. Louis Rams jumped from 30th to 24th.

The top and bottom spots remained consistent, with the Dallas Cowboys ranking first and the Jacksonville Jaguars, rarely seen in their own market because of league-imposed blackouts, coming in 32nd. The Cowboys have now finished first seven times, while the Jags recorded their fifth least-popular finish.

When asked who will be this season's Super Bowl winner, 20 percent picked the Saints, followed by the New England Patriots at 11 percent. Only 2 percent of those responding chose the Falcons -- 2 percent more than in 1999, for what it's worth.

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I love how the Saints jumped from 24th to 5th. That shows how much Saints bandwagon hoppers there are.

The Falcons bandwagon is starting to warm up as well. I've noticed quite a few bandwagon jumpers this year at the Dome, it's not a bad thing until they become irritating like the Saints bandwagon fans. :lol:

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Above the Eagles, Jets, and Skins? I don't know about that list...

Those teams all have die hard fans but don't discount the influence of NFL Sunday Ticket and channels like the Redzone/NFL Network. The regional influence will always be there but those Sunday Ticket commercials that show Dolphins fans living in the Boston area or a Falcons fan in NOLA are very realistic.

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Those teams all have die hard fans but don't discount the influence of NFL Sunday Ticket and channels like the Redzone/NFL Network. The regional influence will always be there but those Sunday Ticket commercials that show Dolphins fans living in the Boston area or a Falcons fan in NOLA are very realistic.

right down to the voodoo magic.

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