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NFC South midseason reports


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Posted Nov. 09, 2010 @ 12:58 p.m. ET

By Dan Parr

Second of an eight-part series

In PFW's midseason team reports, we focus on each team's biggest surprise and biggest disappointment, a fantasy football MVP, an assistant coach on the rise, and a fearless prediction for the second half of the season.


Biggest surprise: The impact second-year SS William Moore has made this season wasn't exactly expected. After missing all but two games last season because of an injury, Moore replaced Erik Coleman as the starter after Week One and has earned high marks for his performance. The 2009 second-round pick looks like one of the league's better young safeties.

Biggest disappointment: Signing CB Dunta Robinson in the offseason was supposed to help the Falcons' pass defense, but it is still ranked toward the bottom of the league. The bar was set high for Robinson, who dealt with a few different injuries in the first half, and thus far he hasn't delivered.

Fantasy MVP: It has to be WR Roddy White. He's among the league leaders in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. White has been consistently productive, gaining 69 yards or more in each of the first seven games (the Bucs held him to 49 yards receiving in Week Nine, largely because a first-quarter knee injury forced him to miss part of the game), and is a reliable fantasy producer every week.

Assistant coach on the rise: Bill Musgrave, who has served as the Falcons' QB coach since 2006, was promoted to assistant head coach/quarterbacks in the offseason after he was pursued by the Texans, who wanted him to work with QB Matt Schaub. Musgrave has played a large role in developing QB Matt Ryan, who continues to make progress.

Fearless prediction: Atlanta will finish one game ahead of the Saints in the NFC South race and will make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.


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Our Pass D stats are misleading. Dunta went out in Eagles game and didn't play Bengals. So when he was in the game, our pass D hasn't played bad.

That and the fact that we've led in more than a fair share of our games, so opposing teams have no choice but to pass against us, so all those yards go against our pass defense ranking...

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