NFC West: NFC West stock watch 8

NFC West stock watch: falling

October, 27, 2008

Posted by's Mike Sando

1. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers. Called out by his coach and banished to the showers. The "bust" label is nearly official.

2. J.T. O'Sullivan, QB, 49ers. The rules are different under coach Mike Singletary, as O'Sullivan found out following a costly interception.

3. Edgerrin James, Cardinals. I'm guessing he won't mention anything about his diminished role after dropping a pass and losing a fumble.

4. Mike Martz, offensive coordinator, 49ers. Singletary will make the call at quarterback, in case anyone was wondering.

5. Dirk Johnson, punter, Cardinals. His dropped hold led to an aborted PAT. And that throw to Jerame Tuman on the fake field goal?

6. Torry Holt, WR, Rams. Another week, another three catches. He's now on pace for 59 receptions.

7. Lofa Tatupu, LB, Seahawks. Add a groin injury to his list of maladies. A bruised knee and concussion slowed him previously. Tatupu has dominated against the Eagles, so his absence would prove costly if Tatupu can't return this week.

8. Alex Barron, RT, Rams. The Patriots' Adalius Thomas can be a tough matchup for anyone. Add Barron to the list.

9. Richie Incognito, RG, Rams. His false-start penalty on third-and-10 put the Rams in a tough spot late. The Patriots picked off Marc Bulger on the next play, securing a New England victory. I've got Incognito with six penalties this season.

10. Barry Sims, RT, 49ers. Committed his fourth penalty in six starts this season before leaving with an injury.

NFC West stock watch: rising

October, 27, 2008

Posted by's Mike Sando

1. Leonard Weaver, FB, Seahawks. Four catches for 116 yards? From a fullback? Get real.

2. Donnie Avery, WR, Rams. Rookie receivers aren't supposed to catch on this quickly. Not even the Rams expected this level of production so soon.

3. Anquan Boldin, WR, Cardinals. Caught nine passes, two for touchdowns, in first game back from injury. Nice effort on 30-yard rush.

4. Shaun Hill, QB, 49ers. Replaced the struggling J.T. O'Sullivan and appears better suited for the 49ers' new interim head coach.

5. Billy Devaney, VP of player personnel, Rams. The Rams have taken heat for poor drafting, but their 2008 class is looking marvelous. Even Keenan Burton made contributions Sunday.

6. Mike Singletary, head coach, 49ers. His postgame rant bordered on bizarre in my view, but it's tough to fault Singletary for benching O'Sullivan and Davis. And we all know Singletary is boss.

7. Antonio Pittman, RB, Rams. Nice effort in relief of Steven Jackson.

8. Chris Long, DE, Rams. Two more sacks put him on pace for nine. Long is improving and getting more comfortable.

9. Josh Wilson, CB, Seahawks. Seattle hasn't gotten many interceptions this season, but Wilson made his count.

10. Karlos Dansby, LB, Cardinals. Sack and fumble recovery gave the Cardinals a boost. And with Seattle's Lofa Tatupu suffering another injury, Dansby's Pro Bowl chances improve.