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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

By Matt Mosley

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FALLING

1. Matt Dodge, New York Giants punter: Dodge's inability to punt the ball out of bounds gave DeSean Jackson the opportunity to have a 65-yard return to win the game for the Eagles. There are reports that coach Tom Coughlin was prepared to cut Dodge on the spot, but he remains on the roster. And he's apparently in good spirits. There's plenty of blame to go around, but Dodge was the player Coughlin went off on after the game.

2. Trent Williams, Washington Redskins left tackle: In the first game of his career, Williams held his own against Cowboys All Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. But in Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Cowboys, Williams didn't have any answers for Ware, who had two sacks and a forced fumble. Williams has had a solid rookie campaign, but Ware taught him a lesson in Sunday's game.

3. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver: I'm aware of the fact that he had a touchdown in the win over the Redskins, but he finished with three catches for 38 yards. He's had five catches for 60 yards over the past two games and he's not much of a factor in the passing game with Jon Kitna at the helm. Part of the problem is that Kitna doesn't throw the ball downfield. But Austin's paid to be a No. 1 receiver, and he really hasn't lifted his game since Tony Romo broke his left collarbone. He may have fewer opportunities with Kitna, but that's why he needs to be a lot more efficient.

RISING

1. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback: He was named the NFC offensive player of the week for the third time this season. He put the Eagles on his back in the fourth quarter and willed them to victory -- with help from the aforementioned Dodge. He's the best player in the league right now. And you can tell Tom Brady I said so. I basically pencil Vick in at No. 1 every week, and that normally works out.

Jason Witten
Jason Witten was Jon Kitna's go-to guy against Washington on Sunday.
2. Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins quarterback: Let's give the man his due. The Redskins could've folded after trailing 30-14, but Grossman led a spirited comeback. He threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns. I realize he had two interceptions, but one of them came when he was frantically trying rally his team at the end. I still think Mike Shanahan butchered the situation with Donovan McNabb, but that doesn't take anything away from what Grossman accomplished Sunday.

3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys tight end: He had 10 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins. He has flourished while playing with Kitna and has 32 receptions and four touchdowns over the past four games. Witten's the one sure-fire Pro Bowler on this offense. And that's how he ended up on the Stock Watch.