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NFC South: Atlanta (8-0)

Pleasant: Just how much difference Dirk Koetter has made in his first season as offensive coordinator. Koetter has successfully transformed the Falcons into a pass-first team that is better utilizing the skills of quarterback Matt Ryan (pictured) and his top three receiving targets (Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones). The offensive line, particularly left tackle Sam Baker, also deserves mention for significant improvement under new position coach Pat Hill.

Unpleasant: Some Atlanta players bemoaning a “lack of respect” for not receiving more media hype following an 8-0 start. After losing their first playoff game in three of the past four seasons, the Falcons first need to make some noise in the postseason to prove they are real. Win in the playoffs and the accolades will follow. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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