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How I See It: Stock Watch Standings

1/11/2010

Through the regular season this slot was occupied by a divisional stock watch report: Three up and three down.

Before it’s put entirely to bed, I thought I’d run down the season for you.

Houston Texans

Rising: 11

Falling: 13

Appeared in both categories: Matt Schaub, Kris Brown, Ryan Moats

Leaders: Andre Johnson (three risings), Brian Cushing (two risings), Owen Daniels (two risings), Schaub (two risings, two fallings)

Assessment: Seven selections involved the run game, a big issue all season. Johnson matched his Titans namesake, Chris Johnson, for most times named as a riser in the division.

Indianapolis Colts

Rising: 16

Falling: six

Appeared in both categories: Pierre Garcon

Leaders: Dallas Clark (two risings), Reggie Wayne (two risings)

Assessment: Obviously I tried too hard to avoid Peyton Manning since he was often an obvious selection. He only made risers once. Among the 16 risers were 11 different players.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rising: 11.5

Falling: 11

Appeared in both categories: David Garrard

Leaders: Garrard (two fallings), Gerald Alexander (two risings)

Assessment: I think I underplayed Maurice Jones-Drew (one rising) as I did Manning, not wanting to make the obvious selection of the already well-known big name, especially as he’s the singular star of the team. Five fallings involved the team’s anemic pass rush.

Tennessee Titans

Rising: 10

Falling: 17.5

Appeared in both categories: Vince Young, Rob Bironas

Leaders: Chris Johnson (three risers), Young (two risers), Kerry Collins (two fallers), LenDale White (two fallers)

Assessment: The team’s 0-6 start and 59-0 loss in New England really hurt it in the fallers category where it dominated early on.