NFC East: NFC Stock Watch 2010 Week 5

How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

October, 13, 2010
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FALLING

1. Wade Phillips, Dallas Cowboys head coach: How does a team that's coming off the bye week end up with 12 penalties for more than 130 yards? You have to put a lot of the blame on the players, but the head coach has to be front and center. Phillips was reportedly livid in the postgame locker room, but he was back to his optimistic self Monday. The Cowboys are one loss away from eliminating themselves from any playoff conversation. And that's saying something in this watered-down conference.

2. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback: I know he put up some big numbers passing, but it's tough to overcome three interceptions. Maybe tight end Martellus Bennett should've caught that ball near the goal line, but the interception that set up the Titans' go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter was on Romo. The ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage, in part, because left tackle Doug Free wasn't doing his job. But Romo still has to be more cautious with the ball in that situation.

3. Leonard Davis, Dallas Cowboys right guard: The perennial Pro Bowl player was yanked off the field in the second quarter in favor of Montrae Holland. Davis doesn't move his feet very well at this point in his career, and the Titans' Jason Jones simply had too much speed and quickness. The Cowboys should keep Davis on the sideline for now, but I bet he's back in there against the Vikings.

RISING

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Brett Davis/US PresswireHakeem Nicks has eclipsed 100 yards receiving in back-to-back games.
1. LaRon Landry, Washington Redskins strong safety: He may be the most improved defensive player in the league. Playing close to the line of scrimmage in a 3-4 defense has transformed his game so far this season. He's making big plays -- forced fumble and key INT against the Packers -- on a weekly basis. If Landry continues to play like this, he should be in the Pro Bowl.

2. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants wide receiver: He could easily be the NFC Offensive Player of the Week (as Landry was on defense) with his 12 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Nicks has emerged as one of the top playmakers in the league. He has 20 catches for 240 yards over the past two games. Eli Manning has watched his older brother Peyton bond with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne over the years. I think Manning-Nicks has the potential to be a similar duo.

3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles running back: Played through the pain of a broken rib and had 138 total yards on 23 touches. It would've been easy to rest up for the Falcons game, but the Eagles desperately needed a win over the 49ers. McCoy's becoming one of the top dual-threat running backs in the league. Only Frank Gore has more receptions (33) than McCoy's 28. He's reminding folks of a guy named Brian Westbrook.

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