NFC West: NFC West stock watch 12

NFC West stock watch: rising

December, 1, 2008

Posted by's Mike Sando

1. Mike Singletary, head coach, 49ers. Huge road victory keeps the 49ers alive in the playoff race for another week.

2. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams. Fifteen carries for 74 yards in the first half against the Dolphins. Coach Jim Haslett was the only one who could stop him.

3. Shaun Hill, QB, 49ers. Avoided interceptions and made enough plays on third down for the 49ers to prevail in tough conditions.

4. John Carlson, TE, Seahawks. Six receptions for 105 yards against the Cowboys.

5. Justin Smith, DE, 49ers. Blew up the Bills' rushing attempt on a critical short-yardage play inside the 49ers' 10-yard-line. Also had 1.5 sacks.

6. Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks. Bounced back from two tough games and made plays despite dropped passes and poor pass protection.

7. Orlando Pace, LT, Rams. Helped limit the Dolphins' Joey Porter to one tackle and zero sacks.

8. Andy Lee, P, 49ers. Three punts downed inside the 20 and another downed at the 21 despite tough conditions at Buffalo.

9. Rick Venturi, defensive coordinator, Rams. His embattled defense held the Dolphins to three field goals and one touchdown.

10. Edgerrin James, RB, Cardinals. James looks better by default every time Tim Hightower and the Cardinals' ground game falters.

NFC West stock watch: falling

December, 1, 2008

Posted by's Mike Sando

1. Anquan Boldin, WR, Cardinals. Two dropped passes and a critical fumble. Was that really Boldin out there Thursday night?

2. Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks. Jones spent six months calling out the Cowboys for letting him leave in free agency. He then lost a fumble after the Seahawks took their opening drive well into Cowboys territory.

3. Marc Bulger, QB, Rams. Three second-half interceptions hurt the Rams badly during a 16-12 defeat to the Dolphins.

4. Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals. Seven carries for 7 yards against the Eagles.

5. Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals. His MVP credentials took a hit with a three-interception game against the Eagles.

6. John Marshall, defensive coordinator, Seahawks. His starting safety, Deon Grant, questioned the Seahawks' approach on defense after a 34-9 defeat in Dallas.

7. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers. The 49ers' best offensive player had trouble holding onto the football. At least his fumbling didn't change the outcome.

8. Walter Jones, LT, Seahawks. Allowed two sacks to DeMarcus Ware while playing through what coach Mike Holmgren called leg problems.

9. Donnie Avery, WR, Rams. The rookie receiver finished without a reception for the first time since Week 2.

10. Clancy Pendergast, defensive coordinator, Cardinals. Arizona has allowed 85 points in its last two games and 313 for the season.