- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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What it means: The Falcons are the hottest team in the NFC South. They’ve won four games in a row. They had to fight pretty hard for this win against a Cleveland team that’s not all that great and was forced to play injured quarterback Jake Delhomme after starter Seneca Wallace got hurt. It wasn’t perfect, by any means. But the Falcons played a pretty strong game and got strong production from Michael Turner, Roddy White and the defense on the road. This team is playing better than anybody in the NFC South right now.
What’s next: The Falcons travel to Philadelphia next Sunday for a game that might or might not have a huge subplot. If Michael Vick’s ribs are healthy enough, he could be starting at quarterback for Philadelphia. We all know Vick’s history in Atlanta, and there are a few folks within the Falcons’ organization who were a little miffed when Philadelphia coach Andy Reid rubbed Vick under Atlanta’s nose at a time when the Falcons were banged up when the teams met last year. Memories like that stick in the NFL, and that could provide some extra motivation for an Atlanta team that’s on top of its game right now. Even if Vick doesn’t play, last year’s episode is still going to be on the minds of the Falcons.
Hero: Kroy Biermann. The defensive end made a play that you’ll see on the highlight shows. He jumped to tip a pass, then dove to intercept it. He hadn’t been touched, so Biermann got up and ran for a touchdown.
MVP Watch: I said several times this week that I think receiver Roddy White was the NFC South’s Most Valuable Player through the first four weeks. Now, we’re through five weeks and I’m sticking with White and probably feel even more strongly about that now. White had five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Maybe it’s time to start looking at White as more than the NFC South MVP. Maybe he belongs in the conversation for NFL MVP.
Unsung heroes: John Abraham and Jamaal Anderson. A lot of people thought Abraham was done after a 2009 season in which he had only 5.5 sacks. But Abraham produced two sacks against the Browns. A lot of people thought Anderson had been done basically the whole time he’s been in the NFL. He’s now splitting time between defensive end and defensive tackle and he’s part of the reason the Falcons suddenly have developed a pass rush.
Wrapping up the Atlanta Falcons' 20-10 win against the Cleveland Browns.What it means: The Falcons are the hottest team in the NFC South. They’ve won four games in a row.