Tuesday, November 17, 2009
How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch
By Paul Kuharsky
1. Derek Landri, Jaguars DT: Expected during camp to be a crucial part of a defensive line with a lot of opportunity, he’s fallen down the depth chart.
A fifth-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2007, Landri was healthy but inactive for the second game, and second win, in a row for Jacksonville.
2. Colts pass defense: Indianapolis was yielding 5.79 yards per pass play before the game against the Patriots, then allowed Tom Brady an average of 8.3. The Colts had allowed only one team to top 300 yards passing all season (Houston) and Brady had 375.
It was a combination of a pass rush that wasn’t as effective as it had been and secondary issues that let Randy Moss get free too often.
3. LenDale White, Titans RB: He had just three carries against the Bills and just seven carries for 9 yards in the past two weeks, when the Titans have won with Chris Johnson getting the bulk of the touches.
A slimmed down White’s been a team player this season. But a year after he scored 15 touchdowns , he has just oneand is on pace for just over half the 200 carries he had in 2008.
1. Chris Johnson, Titans RB: Is anyone's stock in the league hotter than his right now?
He’s been running wild during the Titans' three-game winning streak, benefiting some from opponents' concerns about Vince Young.
To make things worse on defenses, he just added his first 100-yard receiving game to his resume. Catch him if you can.
2. Reggie Wayne, Colts WR: In a giant prime-time matchup, when the Patriots slowed Dallas Clark and when Pierre Garcon struggled a lot and Austin Collie struggled a little, Wayne was a rock.
Targeted 12 times by Peyton Manning, he caught 10 passes, including the game-winning touchdown on a slant he signaled Manning to switch to from a fade.
3. Jack Del Rio, Jaguars coach: Whether you like the strategy of milking the clock to win with a field goal on the final play or not -- and most people seem to -- you have to credit Del Rio for knowing what he wanted to do, and for getting the message to Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Jaguars are inconsistent, but Del Rio’s got them believing and generally overachieving.
MJD took a knee at the 1 rather than scoring to set up the scenario Del Rio wanted, and it worked.