Monday, October 15, 2012
Stock watch: Risers and fallers
By Rich Cimini
Some of the studs and duds from Sunday's 35-9 rout of the Colts:
Shonn Greene: The Colts' run defense is about as imposing as a troop of Boy Scouts, but there was something about Greene's performance (other than the 161 yards and three TDs) that made you take notice. He looked fresh and quick, the way he did at the end of his rookie season. He also ran cut backs better than he has all season -- definitely a positive sign for the running game.
The offensive line: The big fellas have been taking a lot of grief this season, so let's make sure we give them props. This was a dominating performance for D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore and Austin Howard. Jason Smith also did a nice job as the jumbo tight end. The line made it look easy, which is hard to do in the NFL.
Muhammad Wilkerson: People were starting to whisper about the former No. 1 pick, wondering if he'd live up to the pre-season hype. This was his most complete game of the season -- seven tackles, one sack, one tipped pass and one forced fumble. The only blemish was a senseless roughing-the-passer penalty. Otherwise, Wilkerson finally resembled the player they thought he'd be.
Caleb Schlauderaff: He was active for the first time this season and was the only player that didn't get in the game.
The tight ends (in the passing game): You know it's a weird day when special teamer Nick Bellore has as many receptions (one) as the entire tight-end corps. Dustin Keller and Jeff Cumberland were targeted only once apiece. On this day, against this opponent, it was all about the blocking.
Aaron Maybin: He played his best game of the year, but his personal foul on Antonio Cromartie's interception return cost Cromartie a pick-six. Maybin blocked QB Andrew Luck, but "gave him the business" after the play, according to Rex Ryan. Maybin owes Cromartie an expensive dinner.