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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Heather OReilly Soccer Jersey . -- Ten games into the season, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves with exactly the same record as a year ago.Yet it feels a whole lot different.The Falcons (6-4) head into their bye week leading the NFC South and exuding plenty of confidence, even coming off a discouraging loss at Philadelphia.We all know this is a pretty special group to be a part of, coach Dan Quinn said. You can feel their connection, their tightness, how bad they want to go for it.At this point last season, the Falcons were also 6-4. But they had lost three games in a row -- none to teams that would make the playoffs. They were already out of the division race, having fallen far behind a Carolina team that was 10-0 and would reach the Super Bowl.Atlantas losing streak would grow to six games, and a season that started with such promise ended at 8-8.Quinn keeps insisting that his team learned some valuable lessons from its 2015 collapse, and indeed these Falcons look far more capable of reaching the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.While the 24-15 loss to the Eagles was a definite step back, the offense remains the most productive in the NFL (averaging 32 points per game) and seems to have found its groove in Year 2 under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The young defense -- which has started as many as four rookies -- is setting the sort of fast, aggressive tone that Quinn wants on that side of the line.In perhaps the most telling sign of where this team believes it is heading, the coaches and players all consider the bye week to be the midpoint of the season.In other words, they plan on playing up to four games beyond the regular season, which would mean a trip to the Super Bowl.You have to get rest this week and have a mindset that youre not preparing for the last six games of the season, but the mindset to play nine or 10 more, said quarterback Matt Ryan, who is having the best season of his nine-year career. Thatll be my message to everybody. Keep moving, but let your body and mind get right.The Falcons certainly hold a far more promising position in the NFC South than they did in 2015. The Panthers have slumped to 3-6, while Tampa Bay and New Orleans are struggling at 4-5, leaving Atlanta with a fairly comfortable 1+-game lead in the division race.The rest of the schedule looks highly favorable, as well. Four of the last six games are at the Georgia Dome, which will be replaced next season by a $1.4 billion retractable-roof stadium under construction next door. Kansas City (7-2) is the only remaining opponent with a winning record.The week off comes at a time when several key players are trying to get over injuries. Running back Tevin Coleman has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, but Quinn is confident that hell be ready to return when the Falcons host Arizona on Nov. 27. Punter Matt Bosher is contending with a recurring hamstring issue, but the extra week of rest gives him a chance to recover for the next game.The outlook isnt quite as clear for cornerback Desmond Trufant, the teams top coverage defender. He missed the last game with a left shoulder injury, and theres been speculation he could be done for the season. But Quinn said hes absolutely hopeful that Trufant will play again this season.The defense has gone through some growing pains, most notably getting gashed in the running game by the Eagles. But there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.After a disappointing rookie season, Vic Beasley has emerged as a pass-rushing force with 9+ sacks, tied for third in the league. Rookies Deion Jones, DeVondre Campbell and Keanu Neal are having a huge impact, as is second-year tackle Grady Jarrett.We still have a ways to go in improvement on our tackling and making sure our fits are exactly on point, Quinn said. We are gaining confidence in those players and how we like to play.Neal said the loss to the Eagles will be a huge motivating factor when Atlanta returns from its break.Were going into the bye week and it doesnt feel too good, he said. But its going to help us in the long run. Two weeks with that bitter taste in our mouth and we are going to come back ready to go.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .---For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Rose Lavelle USA Jersey . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. Alyssa Naeher Jersey . Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller extended Bayerns unbeaten run to a record 37 matches. "This record is incredible," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. http://www.socceruswnt.com/ashlyn-harris-usa-jersey/ . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice know theyve got work to do to help the South Carolina mens basketball team get ready for next season.The Gamecocks seniors -- and top two returning scorers -- are prepping to break in another new group of teammates. South Carolina lost three senior starters off last seasons record-tying 25-win team, then four other backups left after disciplinary issues.It was quite unfortunate that we lost some guys last year, but I think weve brought in some guys who bring some new elements to the team, Notice said. I like what Ive seen so far.Thornwell (13.4 points a game last season) and Notice (10.8 a game as a reserve) have worked out with South Carolinas newcomers and believe the bonding process will be quick and seamless.It starts later this summer as the team prepares for a trip to Costa Rica on Aug. 6-12, where it will take on that countrys national team in two games along with hosting clinics for area basketball fans.Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said hell try and stay in the background during the NCAA-allowed 10 practice sessions and have his assistants and seniors -- Thornwell, Notice and Justin McKie -- lead the way.Its something were ready for, said Notice, helping this week at a youth basketball clinic at Brookland Baptist Church. Sindarius and I are very competitive so practices are going to be very vocal and very instructive.Thornwell wants to lead South Carolina back to the NCAA Tournament where it has not played since 2004. The Gamecocks started 15-0, tied a program record with 25 wins and went 11-7 in the Southeastern Conference, yet were left out of the 68-team field on Selection Sunday.Thornwell had thought the Gamecockks had done enough to get in, but understands its up to the team to leave no doubt about where they belong next spring. Ali Krieger Soccer Jersey. .Were just getting ready for the season, thats the biggest thing, Thornwell said. Were playing against each other every day.South Carolina has stability in its program in many others aspects besides the roster. Attendance finished at 22nd nationally at 11,995 per game, almost 3,400 more on average than Martins first season in 2012-13. Martin signed a four-year contract extension through 2022.Martin had a strong group of tall, talented freshman led by McDonalds All-American PJ Dozier. But three first-year players in Chris Silva, Eric Cobb and Jamall Gregory were involved in a property damage case after firing a BB gun near campus. Cobb and Gregory were dismissed.Another first-year player, Raymond Doby, was ticketed for marijuana possession and chose to transfer.Sophomore Marcus Stroman, suspended with Cobb, Gregory, Chris Silva and TeMarcus Blanton by Martin in March, also left.Silva and Blanton are back with the Gamecocks. Martin added six players, although Delaware transfer Kory Holden will sit out this season. Tops of the group could be Sedee Keita, a 6-foot-10 freshman from Philadelphia who picked the Gamecocks over LSU, UNLV and Penn State among others.All that means for Martin is another season of breaking in newcomers. Hes confident in his guards experience to lead the Gamecocks this winter. The trip to Costa Rica will speed that process along, Martin said.Weve got to handle this summer a little differently, he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '