AFC South: AFC Stock Watch 2010 Week 11

How I See It: AFC South Stock Watch

November, 24, 2010
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FALLING

1. Vince Young, Titans quarterback: He’s on IR with a thumb injury and will disappear from the Titans’ public talk going forward. All the long-running issues about his maturity, preparation, dedication and football smarts boiled over into a gigantic meltdown that few players survive. This player, though, still has his owner under his thumb.

2. Tiquan Underwood, Jaguars receiver: With Mike Sims-Walker (ankle) out, the Jaguars used Underwood more and he was a disappointment with two drops of well-thrown balls by David Garrard. One might have been a touchdown or would have at least put the team near the goal line. Underwood looked timid.

[+] EnlargePeyton Manning
Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesPeyton Manning was unable to complete the comeback Sunday against the Patriots.
3. Peyton Manning in 2-minute drills at the end of games: It’s a lot to expect him to always lead the Colts to a win when they’re in range late. But given a chance to win or tie at the end in recent games at Philadelphia and New England, Manning’s ended the game with an interception instead.

RISING

1. Terrance Knighton and Jeremy Mincey, Jaguars defensive linemen: Mincey brought a great energy to the defensive line and recorded two sacks. Knighton looked like a Pro Bowler stuffing things up in the middle and penetrating on pass plays. He had four tackles, a sack and a big impact on the Browns' offense.

2. Passer ratings against the Texans: Mark Sanchez topped 300 yards and threw for three touchdowns, including one with 10 seconds left to lift the Jets to a win. Houston’s allowed opponents a passer rating of 109.2, worst in the league by a significant margin (Jacksonville, 103.9). Can the Texans handle Titans rookie Rusty Smith?

3. Joel Dreessen, Texans tight end: Without the injured Owen Daniels, Houston is still getting good tight end production. Dreessen showed a knack for getting open in the loss to the Jets and clearly has Matt Schaub’s confidence. He had four catches for a team-high 104 yards, including a 43-yard TD when he was wide open.

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