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NFC East Look: First-Half MVPs

Here's a look at who has been the driving force behind the other three NFC East teams in the first half of the 2010 season ...

Dallas Cowboys (1-5) - WR Dez Bryant: While DeMarcus Ware's 8.0 sacks through six games are quite impressive, the defense still ranks in the bottom third in the league in points allowed. So the nod here goes to Bryant, who is about the only thing that Cowboys fans have to get excited about these days. The rookie first-round pick from Oklahoma State is a physical marvel at 6-2, 217, and he's contributed right away on both offense and special teams. He's already returned two punts for touchdowns and looks to be a big-time threat at receiver, where he and Miles Austin could give the Eagles fits for years to come.

New York Giants (5-2) - DE Osi Umenyiora: After an offseason retirement threat from the 28-year-old, Umenyiora has bounced back from a sub-par 2009 campaign to once again wreak havoc against opposing offensive lines, leading his team with 8.0 sacks through seven weeks. With Mathias Kiwanuka out for the year with a neck injury, the burden on Umenyiora and Justin Tuck to create pressure on the quarterback is magnified. So far, Umenyiora seems up to the task.

Washington Redskins (4-3) - SS LaRon Landry: Even with DeAngelo Hall's dynamic four-interception performance in Week 7, Landry has been the glue to the Redskins defense and is considered to be one of the most improved players in the league in 2010. A 2007 first-round pick, Landry's play in coverage has improved significantly and he's making a case to join the elite tier of safeties that includes Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu and Baltimore's Ed Reed.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:00 p.m., October 29

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