How I See It: AFC North Stock Watch

November, 17, 2010
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FALLING

1. William Gay, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback: When New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady needed a big play, he often looked in the direction of Gay. The nickel cornerback was picked apart in New England's 39-26 victory. Rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski beat Gay three times for touchdown catches of 9, 19 and 25 yards. That's a lot of big plays allowed to a backup. The Steelers gave up a season-high 39 points, and 21 points were on plays against Gay.

2. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback: Palmer continued his streak of being unable to put together two good games in a row. He threw three interceptions in last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and one was returned for a touchdown. This was Palmer's third multi-interception game this season. He only had three in 16 games last year.

3. Eric Wright, Cleveland Browns cornerback: It was not a good Week 10 for AFC North cornerbacks. Wright was beat by New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes in overtime on a routine slant play that turned into a 37-yard, game-winning touchdown in overtime. Wright was beat inside, but his lack of effort to make the tackle allowed Holmes to turn a short gain into a huge gain. Wright isn't physical but he's known for being decent in coverage. He was neither on that play.

RISING

Terrell Suggs
AP Photo/Paul AbellTerrell Suggs was a disruptive force against the Falcons, recording two sacks.
1. Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens defensive end/linebacker: People in Baltimore have been waiting for Suggs to have a dominant game, and it came in a big spot last week against the first-place Atlanta Falcons. Suggs put on a vintage performance with two sacks, four tackles and four additional hits on the quarterback. He was a disruptive force in Atlanta's backfield. Suggs posted his first multi-sack game of the season. The Ravens need help with their pass rush and hope this is the start of Suggs getting hot down the stretch.

2. Mike Wallace, Steelers receiver: Wallace's stock was never down, because he's on pace for career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. But Wallace had his most productive game as a Steeler in a loss to New England. With No. 1 receiver Hines Ward knocked out of the game with a concussion, Wallace stepped up and caught eight passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He is increasingly becoming a favorite target of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

3. Chad Ochocinco, Bengals receiver: Coming off a week where Ochocinco lost his cool and was briefly benched in front of a national audience on "Monday Night Football," Cincinnati's receiver bounced back against Indianapolis. Ochocinco looked energized and involved, catching seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. But the stats didn't tell the complete story. Several catches were very acrobatic and a reminder of how good Ochocinco can be when he's focused. Ochocinco also showed toughness by playing through a shoulder injury in the second half.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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