Originally posted on Grits Blitz  |  Last updated 12/22/12
  The Falcons are sitting pretty at 12-2. Tonight, they look at the Lions for a chance to hit 13-2. During the preseason I thought this team was good enough to be a contender this year but I wasn't sure how good our new identities would look on offense and defense. To my surprise, the Falcons look damn good. This week I want to give you my favorite players of the season. The holidays are about lists and here are the top 10 Falcons I am thankful for and in no particular order, #1 Matt Ryan - our un-denied leader. On the verge of leading three different receivers to 1000 yards... Wow!   #2 Sean Weatherspoon - He is the leader of this defense, he swarms the football, he wears the green dot on his helmet, but most importantly leads D-block into a-lot of their youtube antics.   #3 John Abraham - The Predator. Enough said.   #4 Sam Baker ? He has stepped his game up this season, from goat to ballplayer in less than three months.   #5 Thomas Decoud - Six interceptions leads the backend of the Falcons defense.   #6 William Moore- The Mizzou Hammer. Four picks. Two forced fumbles, and a hell of alot of bang-bang plays.   #7 Tony G - Over 850 yards and he is how old? Tony is the best tight end in the NFL right now and probably the best to ever do it.    #8 Asante Samuel- He delivers week after week. He is the key in January to come up with big plays. Mr Pick Six has lived up to his name in Atlanta.   #9 Julio/Roddy - These two guys are irreplaceable, both over 1,000 yards. Both playing injured and fighting through it. The lead the most dynamic receiving threat in the NFL.   #10 Jacquizz Rodgers- 35 receptions, 60 rushes, and multiple huge conversion plays. The fans have been wowed this year by little Jacquizz and his change of pace style running, but we demand more. He has outplayed #33 this season and in my opinion should be the main option in the backfield come January. 
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