By Shawn S. Lealos

The Atlanta Falcons are 6-4 on the 2016 NFL season. Despite sitting below the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks when it comes to the chance for home field advantage, they are still in first place in the NFC South. Here is a look at some of the team headlines for the Atlanta Falcons bye week, including a look at some of the players that are responsible for their success so far this season.

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Julio Jones Among NFL’s Best Receivers

Jones has 1,105 yards receiving through 10 games this season, his fourth 1,000-yard receiving season in the last five. With only four full seasons under his belt, Jones has 475 receptions and 7,306 yards in his career. He needs 25 more receptions in the final six games to join names like Marvin Harrison, Antonio Bryant, Randy Moss, Torry Holt, and Larry Fitzgerald with over 500 receptions in his first six seasons.

Atlanta Falcons Have 3 of Top Defensive Rookies In 2016 Through 10 Games

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While the Dallas Cowboys obviously have the top rookies in the NFL this year thanks to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the Atlanta Falcons have some great rookies on defense. While the Falcons defense is one of the worst in the NFL, they will definitely get better when their young talent gains more experience. Rookie safety Keanu Neal has forced four fumbles this season with 65 tackles.

Rookie linebacker Deion Jones has two interceptions, including returning one 90 yards for a touchdown this season. He is also second on the team in tackles behind Neal. Finally, rookie cornerback Brian Poole was an undrafted free agent. He has responded by playing 500 snaps through 10 games, with six pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.

Matt Ryan Making Case for 2016 NFL MVP

When it comes to the 2016 NFL MVP, Tom Brady is the usual favorite thanks to the Patriots starting this season with a 7-2 record and an NFL-best 125.5 QB rating going into week 11. However, Matt Ryan is making his case for the award as well. Ryan ranks second to Brady, with an 115.1 QB rating. Since Brady was suspended to start the season, Ryan sits behind only Drew Brees with 3,247 yards passing and 24 touchdowns on the season. He ranks behind Brady at only 327-225 passing yards per game.

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The one area where Brady is better is that the Patriots’ quarterback has only thrown one interception while Ryan has thrown five on the season. The Falcons have also lost four games, which will hurt Ryan in comparison to Brady.