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HEAV
11-06-2009, 09:00 AM
Football season flies faster than time. We're already nearly halfway through it. As quickly as the first half has gone, the second half will pick up speed and go even quicker.

Here's a look back and a look ahead at who has been and could become some of football's top performers.



First-half MVP -- Colts QB Peyton Manning: Good enough that even Titans head coach Jeff Fisher wore his jersey.

Second-half MVP -- Saints QB Drew Brees: The Saints' schedule is set up for Brees to have a monster second half.

First-half offensive player of the year -- Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: What used to be a run-first offense has turned into a pass-happy and mighty successful offense.

Second-half offensive player of the year -- Eagles QB Donovan McNabb: Through the season's first half, McNabb has thrown nine touchdown passes and only one interception. With the offensive weapons he has, McNabb could have a big second half.

First-half defensive player of the year -- Vikings DE Jared Allen: As good as Allen's former Vikings teammate Darren Sharper has been for New Orleans, the Minnesota defensive end has been more relentless and more effective.

Second-half defensive player of the year -- Steelers LB James Harrison: How
he continues to fly under the radar is hard to imagine, but his next six games are against offenses in which Harrison has the chance to flourish.

First-half offensive rookie of the year -- Vikings WR Percy Harvin: Unlike other Florida wide receivers in the NFL, Harvin has turned into a dangerous and dominant game-changer.

Second-half offensive rookie of the year -- 49ers WR Michael Crabtree: In two games, Crabtree has 11 catches and now looks poised to have plenty more in the season's second half.

First-half defensive rookie of the year -- Bills S Jairus Byrd: Buffalo knew something other teams didn't when it used the 42nd overall pick on a cornerback who is playing better than any top pick.

Second-half defensive rookie of the year -- Texans LB Brian Cushing: The Texans' defense, and Cushing, has begun to grow up, and the second-half schedule is set up nicely.

First-half coach of the year -- Denver's Josh McDaniels: The man whom many wondered about knew exactly what he was doing as he turned Denver into one of the first-half's biggest surprises.

Second-half coach of the year -- New Orleans' Sean Payton: With its soft second-half schedule, New Orleans should be able to put away the NFC South title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Let's move on to our weekly 10 Spot.

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TonyR
11-06-2009, 09:31 AM
Of all the plays Denver must defend Monday night against Pittsburgh, the one it has to fear the most is the play-action fake: No quarterback in football has been more effective off the play-action fake than Roethlisberger. This season, when using play-action, Roethlisberger has a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating, completing 25 of 29 passes for five touchdowns and no interceptions, according to an ESPN video analysis. Part of the reason might be that, over the years, teams have had so much respect for Pittsburgh's running game that it has aided the Steelers' passing game. But gradually, the Steelers have transformed from a run-first team to a pass-first team. And the play that it has affected most is the play-action fake.

TonyR
11-06-2009, 09:35 AM
Player of the week: Steelers LB James Harrison -- On Monday night, Harrison will be going up against Broncos offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus, who will be making his first NFL start in place of the injured Ryan Harris.

HEAV
11-06-2009, 09:45 AM
Player of the week: Steelers LB James Harrison -- On Monday night, Harrison will be going up against Broncos offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus, who will be making his first NFL start in place of the injured Ryan Harris.

Daniel Graham will get involved.

dbfan21
11-06-2009, 10:09 AM
Daniel Graham will get involved.

Agreed. They are not going to lt Polumbus battle Harrison all by himself. DG and a RB will be aware of the reigning DPOY on Monday night.

watermock
11-06-2009, 10:14 AM
Second-half offensive rookie of the year -- 49ers WR Michael Crabtree: In two games, Crabtree has 11 catches and now looks poised to have plenty more in the season's second half.



Sorry, I predict a breakout second half for Quinn.

Beej
11-06-2009, 10:50 AM
Player of the week: Steelers LB James Harrison -- On Monday night, Harrison will be going up against Broncos offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus, who will be making his first NFL start in place of the injured Ryan Harris.

This has now been changed to "LaMarr Woodley" instead of James Harrison.

Rock Chalk
11-06-2009, 11:31 AM
How is Doom not first half DPOY? second fastest player EVER to 10 sacks in a season.

Mr.Meanie
11-06-2009, 11:44 AM
Sorry, I predict a breakout second half for Quinn.

I agree! If he can outperform Scheffler or Graham that would indeed be a wonderful surprise.