Thumbs up

* To Falcons general manager Tom Dimitroff for the remarkable job he has done in turning around a team that won just four games last season. He hit on all three of his top draft picks - quarterback Matt Ryan, left tackle Sam Baker and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton - and has received major contributions from his top two free-agent signees, running back Michael Turner and free safety Erik Coleman. Turner is second in the league in rushing. Coleman and Lofton are key components of a much-improved defense that is 11th in the league in points allowed. They finished 29th a year ago.

* To Seahawks linebacker Lofa Totupu for his honesty when asked recently whether he deserved to make the Pro Bowl. "It's an honor, it's nice," he said. "But it's one I don't feel I deserve this year."

Panther Draft Pick Watch

Record: 10-3

Last week: beat Bucs, 38-23

This week: vs. 8-5 Broncos

Next week: at 11-2 Giants

Current draft position: 29-30

Current position of Eagles' own pick: 17th

- Paul Domowitch