Tuesday, October 20, 2009
How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch
By Paul Kuharsky
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1. The Tennessee Titans: How can a winless team's stock drop? Well, just watch a few minutes of the debacle in New England this past Sunday and you will fully understand. To put it mildly, it was an embarrassment.
2. Kerry Collins, QB, Titans: Because the entire Titans team was so terrible against the Patriots, it is difficult to single out one player. But Collins was horrific Sunday, unable to crack that ever-elusive zero-yard passing barrier. Completing two passes for minus-7 yards deserves special mention.
3. Tennessee's pass defense: Let's just make this a Terrible Titans Trifecta. They earned it. Tom Brady did whatever he wanted to the pass defense despite playing in heavy snow. The Titans couldn't pressure him. They couldn't keep up with or compete with the Patriots' receiving corps. Brady threw only five incompletions, one fewer than the number of touchdown passes he torched Tennessee for. And Brady didn't even play much of the second half.
1. Matt Schaub, QB, Texans: Schaub is putting up huge numbers and the passing game is carrying Houston's offense. Over the past five weeks he has averaged almost 329 passing yards and 2.8 touchdown passes per game, but this past weekend's victory at Cincinnati (392 yards, four TDs) may have been Schaub's best performance of the season. Schaub threw in rhythm, manipulated coverages, made excellent decisions and utilized play action very well.
2. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans: As Schaub's stock has risen, Daniels’ has as well. He has been phenomenal this season and simply tortured the Bengals last week. Daniels has rare athletic ability for the tight end position and moves almost like a wide receiver. He is a developing player who can consistently create mismatches against any defense that Houston faces.
3. Jacksonville's wide receivers: Three of the Jaguars' wide receivers deserve mention here. It has become clear that the Jags’ passing offense becomes inept when Mike Sims-Walker is out of the lineup. He has been exceptional and was once again against the Rams. Speaking of the Rams, Torry Holt resurfaced to abuse his former team. Finally, rookie Mike Thomas has looked very promising as well. He isn't huge, but is very tough, works the middle of the field and also contributes as a returner. Look for Thomas' role to expand.