How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

December, 15, 2010
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FALLING

1. Hunter Smith, former Washington Redskins punter/holder: This probably qualifies as dog-piling, but we should at least acknowledge Smith's time with the Skins. If the guy was leading the league in net average, maybe you stick with him after he botches the hold on an extra point attempt at the end of regulation. But that wasn't the case. Smith wasn't the only thing wrong with this team, but he still paid the price for his gaffe at the end of regulation.

2. Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys quarterback: We've praised him while he has led a resurgence under interim coach Jason Garrett, but he didn't perform well against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Kitna appeared to feel pressure when it wasn't there and he refused to work the ball down the field. Roy Williams and Miles Austin were nonfactors in this game, in part because Kitna was unloading the ball before they even broke out of their routes. He also threw two interceptions in a tight game.

3. Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback: I know his team won the game, but Manning threw two more interceptions. That's 19 on the season, which leads the league. And yes, I realize that Drew Brees has 18 interceptions, but he's not in our division so we're not breaking down his throws. Coach Tom Coughlin seemed to indicate Manning's second interception was the receiver's fault, but the quarterback still could've thrown the ball away. It's really surprising that he's being this careless with the football. Manning and his brother, Peyton, have combined for 34 interceptions this season. That seems like a large number with three games left on the schedule.

RISING

[+] EnlargeDeSean Jackson
AP Photo/Brian GarfinkelDeSean Jackson was practically unstoppable against the Cowboys.
1. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver: Someone pay the man. He averaged 52.5 yards on four catches and had a 91-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles a 27-20 lead in the fourth quarter. He may be the most dangerous offensive player in the league. And we'll even look past that backward plunge into the end zone for the purposes of Stock Watch.

2. Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants running back: This looks like the player we remember from 2007. Jacobs is busting through the line of scrimmage and he has been energized by his return to the starting lineup. He and his good pal Ahmad Bradshaw have breathed life into the Giants' running game. And it's a good time of year for that to happen.

3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles running back: When the Cowboys trimmed the deficit to 30-27 with more than four minutes left Sunday night, McCoy simply took over the game. We already know how elusive and quick he can be, but he showed off some power late in the game. Jackson might be the most exciting player on the team, but McCoy's the most efficient offensive player right now. He needs to touch the ball 20 times per game.

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