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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


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Falling
Haynesworth


1. Albert Haynesworth, Redskins DT:

Sorry, but when you make $41 million guaranteed, one tackle for a loss doesn't cut it. Haynesworth is supposed to be a disruptive force in the middle of the defense but for the most part, Giants guard Rich Seubert did a nice job on him. I just kept watching Haynesworth limp off the field. Not a great debut.

2. The Giants' third-and-short offense: Whether it was third-and-1 or fourth-and-1, the Giants didn't have any answers. They were stuffed inside the 5-yard line on fourth-and-1, which gave the Redskins a brief glimmer of hope in the first half. With a strong line and an excellent fullback in Madison Hedgecock, the Giants have to do a better job.

3. Anthony Spencer, Cowboys, DE:
Spencer

It's not like Byron Leftwich is the toughest guy in the world to sack. The Cowboys didn't sack him once. DeMarcus Ware was banged up early in the game and Spencer needed to step forward. He also let the Bucs run right at him. Not that strong of a debut for the former first-round pick. He has to lift his game against the Giants next Sunday night.

Rising

1. Patrick Crayton, Cowboys, WR:
Crayton

Everyone in Dallas has tried to demote Crayton based on his anemic numbers in 2008, but he got off to a strong start with four catches for 135 yards. The Bucs busted coverage on Crayton's 80-yard touchdown catch, but no one came close to catching him. So far, so good in the post-T.O. era. Tony Romo had a strong second half and Crayton played a large role in that.

2. Osi Umenyiora, Giants, DE:
Umenyiora

In his first game back since missing the 2008 season with a knee injury, Umenyiora was outstanding. His sack and fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second quarter effectively put the Redskins away. Umenyiora gives this team so much more versatility. Umenyiora and Justin Tuck form one of the most talented pass rushing duos in the league.

3. Sheldon Brown, Eagles, CB:
Brown

This one could go to the entire Eagles' defense after causing seven turnovers in a 38-10 win over the Panthers. It was a dominating performance all around. Brown may have whined in the offseason, but he was superb on the field Sunday. He's a gamer and we were too quick to dismiss him once Ellis Hobbs arrived. Could someone remind me why the Panthers thought it was a good idea to re-sign Jake Delhomme?